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Pushing God on People
by catherine jones
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Ths is a true story. It took place on July 13th and 14th of the year 2008. It became a moment in my life, when I had to learn, how to act in this life as Our Lord would have done. When I did not, the amazing part of what you are about to read, is not the contend of the story, but of how Our Lord took control, and stopped a moment in time, that never should have occurred...

It is January 2008, and I have begun the healing process from brain surgery. I am not use to being a "patient", as one of my "calling's" was to be a "caregiver" to the elderly. So, this day to day process of my lying in bed, weak, in and out of sleep has begun to drain the vary essence of my being...

Around March 2008, I begin praying to God, to send me to any "site" on the internet where I can reach out, and help people who are "hurting". I am not computer savvy, not even to this day, and so I can only pray that God will show me the way...

He does so one night as I am sitting at my computer. I happen across a website, which to this date, atleast 8 million people turn to on a monthly basis. If you are hurting in anyway, physically, mentally, emotionally, you can turn to this site, write your concerns and others will respond. Even doctors are associated with this site, and do respond to people as needed...

One night, I am in an area dedicated to "addictions". A young man writes in, and explains that he has gotten himself "clean", but his question to the public was, "could he use drugs on a recreational basis and not become addicted again". I myself have spent most of my life on prescription drugs, and so I realize that no matter, whether you take "street drugs" or "prescription drugs", they are all addicting, they all eventually take control of your mind and your body. I respond to this young man, that he cannot ever use again even on a recreational basis, and as I am writing to him, I identify myself as a "Christian"...

At this point I should tell you, that this website has two forums, one public and one private. The private forum is so that messages can be sent to you, but on a personal basis...

On July 13th,I receive a private message from a very angry man, who states, "Pushing God on People". This is his exact message, "I'm 49 and consider myself to be spiritual more so than religious. I respect your religios beliefs, but I'm not all mind altered, and as for Methadone, its a medically prescribed drug and i believe theres a place in the bible the teklls us that are not rrs. to mind our own business about other peoples medically rxs drugs. Maybe the reason that people ovoid you is your fanaticism/nuttyness. No one including you knows Gods will. People might enjoy your compant, if you weren't so aggressive, share your experience don't force it down other peoples troth. He then signs his name. The message was written verbatim...

At this point, once I read his message, I have become very frightened, and now I begin to question, as a "Christian", do I really have what it takes, to put myself out in the world, in the name of Christ, or am I just saying I am a "Christian", but not truly living the life...

I turn off my computer, but realize two things, I must respond to this man, but when I do, I must respond in a way that shows no anger, animosity, retaliation, (in other words), I must respond, as Our Lord would have done...

At 1:16am July 14th, I write my response. I am at total peace and I know the time is right to send back a message. Here is my message, "The story I told was true, not fanaticism/nuttyness, just plain truth. That's how it went down. No, you do not respect my religios beliefs, just in the way you put it out there. I identified myself as a "Christian", not to shove God down people's throats, but to show what actually happened that day. If you took what I said as a personal affront, then you should have stopped when I identified myself as an "Evangelical Christian", and not come back with a personal character attack. I know all about meth, I also know it is very addicting, just as addicting as any other drug, and eventually can become a crutch just like any other crutch. It's a big world out there, big enough for people of all beliefs. Take notice, I have risen to the occasion in that I have not said one derogatory remark about you or how you came back at me. I was going to continue my response, but The Lord said to me, "Enough, you have said what needed to be said, now let it be". With that I ended the message...

On July 14th at 1:23pm I receive a response back from this man. He explains why he struck out at me, but then again begins his attack upon me.
At the end of his message he says, "So anyway, I will live and let live". He signs his name...

As I read his response, I begin to realize how he came to have so much anger and bitterness inside him, and in a moment of weakness, I decide to send one last message. My message was merely, "Live and let live", and as soon as I hit the send button, I realize I have made a serious mistake...

The Lord had told me, in my response to this man, to say no more and I had not listened. Now, as I have sent this message, I can feel conviction come upon me and I know I should never have responded. I begin praying to The Lord to stop this message from ever reaching this man, that he is the Lord of all creation and nothing is beyond his control. And as I am praying I realize that something strange has happened to this site. I cannot get out of this site, nor try to get back into it and the message that I should not have sent, is strangely in a state of "limbo", nothing is happening to it. I turn off my computer and for the next half hour spend praying to The Lord, telling him how sorry I am for not listening to him, and then, about thirty minutes passes, and a sense of peace comes over me...

I log onto this site, find the original message from this man to me, my response to him, his response to me, and then, the response that I wrote that never should have been written is nowhere to be found. This man never gets the response. The Lord has taken this message right out of this site, right out of the internet...

He is truly Almighty, All-powerful and he has shown me this day that he is in control of all things...

"No one has knowledge of the things of God" 1 Corinthians 2:11BBE

(It is impossible for a Limited mind to grasp the Unlimited)

From the book "The Everyday Guide to God"

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