LOST IN LIVER­POOL

Activated - - NEWS - ROSANE PEREIRA IS AN ENGLISH TEACHER AND WRITER IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, AND A MEM­BER OF THE FAM­ILY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL. ■ BY ROSANE PEREIRA

SINCE I WAS A LIT­TLE GIRL, I have heard that God is om­nipresent. I used to have a vague idea of it, like some cos­mic en­ergy, but since then, I have had some ex­pe­ri­ences that have changed that view.

When I was 18 and liv­ing in Lon­don as a stu­dent in the early 1970s, I came to know Je­sus in a per­sonal way and our re­la­tion­ship be­gan to de­velop. I used to go for long walks to parks on my own, and it felt like some­one was walk­ing by my side and talk­ing with me as an old friend. In­stead of feel­ing lonely, I felt recharged.

Once, some friends from a po­lit­i­cal youth club in­vited me for a week­end con­ven­tion in Liver­pool. I was more a fol­lower of the hip­pie cul­ture than of pol­i­tics at the time, but it was a chance to visit Liver­pool, and the costs were pooled, so I de­cided to go along.

The gath­er­ing was held in a big sports fa­cil­ity and in­cluded a num­ber of speeches I’ve com­pletely for­got­ten by now. I was more in­ter­ested in look­ing up the Bea­tles’ old haunts, and on the last af­ter­noon, I con­vinced a friend to go ex­plor­ing with me.

I can still re­mem­ber the clear sky and beau­ti­ful spring weather. I had a great time, but as evening be­gan to fall, I re­al­ized I had no idea what street my hostel was lo­cated on. The houses in the area all looked alike, and the rooms we had rented were part of some­one’s home, so there weren’t any signs on the street.

My friend started to get wor­ried, but I didn’t. In­stead, I felt the same pres­ence that would go with me on my walks to the parks in Lon­don, re­as­sur­ing me that ev­ery­thing would be all right. We had walked about 12 blocks when a small voice spoke in­side of me: Turn to the left now. We did, and soon I saw the rest of my friends I had trav­eled with stand­ing out­side the front door of the house we were stay­ing at. The Bible says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trou­ble,” and 1 that was cer­tainly proven true for me at that mo­ment.

”Right be­hind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.”

—Isa­iah 30:21 NLT

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