21 Dec Heart to Heart with God Introduction
by Michael Bluemling Jr.
There are moments in our lives that truly define who we are and where we are going. Who we are and what we believe in ultimately hinges on many factors that also influence our ability to have blind faith in spite of not being able to “see.” Conversations about God and who rightfully should be worshiped above all gods is a never-ending discussion. Since we all come from different walks of life, and we are all perceived as different, it may be difficult at first to understand and accept that we are unique and special in the eyes of God. We share a bond with each other that is like nothing science can ever explain because we are all connected through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Talking about God in an open forum and attempting to gain respect from a society full of skepticism is not an easy task. It is easy to discard what is not easily understood, but if you look past these impediments, you will see signs from God that compel you to push forward along your journey. I started writing this book because I realized the need to expose a global population to the Word of God. That exposure will allow more information to be disseminated so we can all work together and continue on our faith walk, regardless of our previous individual views or beliefs.
What it boils down to, ultimately, is that we are all created equal, even if, on the surface, it feels and seems like the world, as we know, does not reflect that truth. As I continued to write this book over a six-month period, I realized why God has called me to share this information. We all are chosen, in our own unique ways, to use the gifts we receive from God to bring about His victory.
I used to think my life was so hard and the struggles I have endured had no meaning. However, everything that has occurred in my life has led me here. All of the pain I received at the hands of my abusive father, all of the obstacles I had to overcome, and all of the rejection of life that we all have to endure at some point has brought me to this moment. It has brought me to uncovering a message of hope we all can share—a message that originates in my heart and has been given to me from God.
I was raised Catholic, received my sacraments, and was an altar boy as a child. I was a mischievous and thoughtful child. I was full of light, and even in a very dark environment, I found ways to see the positive in everything going on around me. I am not perfect, and I am not a saint. I have faults, as we all do. I have made mistakes that I wish I could take back, and I have asked God both to forgive me and to give me strength every day to move forward in my life. The words in this book are pure and reflect my desire to help people understand that we must all work together as we love one another to gain the Kingdom of God in Heaven.
To begin, let me share with you my relationship with God. I have always had a great one, in my opinion. I have never blamed God for the strife in my life, nor ever thought of my life as ordinary. I have always viewed my life as meaningful and worthwhile. I usually talk to God in my own way, and in my younger days, when I was not as wise, I used to try to make back alley deals with God to get me out of trouble. In hindsight, that was not a very good idea since God does not operate that way. I am very appreciative that I came to realize this fact because it has made my life a whole lot easier knowing that God loves me unconditionally. Also, knowing that if I make a mistake, God will forgive me immediately brings me peace in my life.
The story I am about to tell you happened on June 4th, 2014 on a plane from West Palm Beach, Florida, headed to Atlanta, Georgia. That day, which had been predestined since my birth, God sent an Angel to sit next to me on the plane.
I usually talk to God one-on-one. I ask to be forgiven for my sins, to receive His blessings, and to have Him bless and keep safe my two beautiful children. On this particular day, as I was sitting in a middle seat next to a young female college student, I received the wakeup call of my life. This young lady was a unique woman in every sense of the word. We sat in silence for takeoff, but about ten minutes into the flight, I realized I had noticed her during pre-boarding, and she distinctively stood out to me as memorable. I am not sure why, but something struck me that this was not going to be an ordinary flight.
I had brought a copy of my first book, Turning the Page, on this flight. I was prepared to give it to someone in the hopes that it could help him or her or someone the person knew who had experienced some level of abuse in his or her life. But I had no idea what was going to happen next. The young lady pulled out a journal, and my eyes were drawn to it like a magnet to a steel beam. There was no removing the intrigue that crossed my mind. Being a writer, I have found it very easy to put my thoughts on paper with a distinct purpose to help others through my experiences. However, I have never had a journal or thought about its relevancy for writing down my thoughts.
As she began writing, I was blown away by the words I saw her put on the pages. This was no ordinary journal. This was a journal that came from the heart of a woman who loved God in a profound way. When she was finished writing, I politely asked whether I could read the journal. She obliged, which I thought surreal and humbling since not everyone would share her most intimate thoughts with a complete stranger. What a powerful Child of God she was transcend normal behaviors. I personally never thought much about writing to God, and as a matter of fact, it had never even crossed my mind once in my entire life until that day.
After she handed me the book, I began at the beginning and read a story of tragedy and hope as her thoughts poured out, asking God to lift her to a celestial place. The realness of her prayers were as precious as a newborn baby, a miracle being handed to its parents for the first time. It was that powerful. I was in awe and empowered all in the same breath. It was one of the best days of my life because God opened my eyes in ways I never thought possible. Even with my faith, up to that point, I was completely blind and exposed to the paralysis of the world we live in, which can be evil and rooted in immense evil.
The words on those pages changed my life. This Angel from God planted a seed from which I was called to write the book you are about to read—a book expanded over ten states and forty cities over a six-month period. I gave the young college student a signed copy of my book for her brother, and wrote my own prayer in her book.
Shortly after, we landed safely in Atlanta and my journey with God began that very minute. I rushed frantically around the airport, trying to find a journal to begin to write my thoughts with God down on paper immediately. I could not find a single one, but ideas were running through my mind about how I could take this message and deliver it around the world.
I went to my next gate and pulled out my MacBook Air. I begin writing day one of my journey. It was the easiest book in the world to write, and I am a better person for it. My desires are that these words will inspire you to pursue greatness and follow your heart wherever God leads you. I pray that you find hope, peace, and love in your life and share it with everyone around you. Life is not about the material things we own or wealth we possess. Rather, it is about the relationships we form and the lives we touch every single day. I never did get the woman’s name or any of her contact information that day, but if she ever reads this book, which I am sure she will, I want her to know that I am forever grateful for her sharing her story with me. Thank you.
“May God bless us all and may we all walk together as one Body of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
A Prayer by Michael Bluemling Jr.