I want to share with you the best time to draw closer to the Lord as illustrated by a memory I have of my sweet cousin who is like a sister to me. When she was 19 and I was 22, I hadn’t seen her in years and didn’t know she’d run into trouble. I recruited her to help me with the church’s youth group and she was doing amazing. She showed up to everything and was positive. She loved the Lord and everything was going well.
One day I went outside while we were serving at the church, and she was smoking a cigarette. When she saw me, she threw the cigarette down looking as if her world had shattered, snuffed it out, and said, “Oh no!” I told her I didn’t care if she smoked. She said, “Well, I didn’t want YOU to see me smoking.” After that, she just fizzled out and stopped coming. She did great later in life, but I remember how this moment changed how she saw herself. Many people start going to church or stop going to church for the same reason: They have something in their lives they’re embarrassed about or they sinned. But this is precisely when you should go to church — when you are at your lowest.
Friend, the best time to draw close to the Lord is when you feel the furthest from Him. There will be times when you feel as if you don’t believe in Him, when you have doubts, when you fall off the wagon; whatever it might be. Should that ever happen, all you have to do is come into fellowship with your church or other believers and get help. You are loved by God just as you are!