Jesus Christ is always with us. However, it can be hard to see how His love and power reach us in our lives mundane, simple, or forgotten moments. A new website called “The Everyday Christ” looks to gather and share stories about how some of Christ’s greatest miracles are actually in our everyday moments.
The website was created by Samuel Heinzen, an author, artist, and filmmaker. He takes submitted stories and illustrates them. They are then posted on the website where others can read them and be inspired. “That has become the reason for this whole project: to be a support of faith in Jesus Christ by collecting as many moments that testify that He is with us always, no matter what we are going through, even if it is a small, simple, and everyday thing,” Heinzen said. “My dream is to publish all these moments in a book, filled with art of Jesus Christ with everyday people, and share it with others.”
One of the website’s highlights is the artwork featuring Christ alongside people in real-life situations. Below is an example of a story shared.
One day I was in the middle of needing to make a bunch of decisions that would affect, I thought, my standing with some friends. There was a lot going on in my life and I was so worried that I was going to hurt or offend people by not being able to do certain things. This fear of hurting friends made me think I might lose them entirely, which was totally anxiety, but I still couldn’t bear that thought.
With all the anxiety running through me, I knelt down to pray and asked God for peace and direction. Honestly, I just wanted Him to fix the issues — to make all the complexities of the decisions simple or even just to make the decisions for me so I wouldn’t have to bear that weight. The answer I felt was very different than what I was expecting. It was simply to decide what I genuinely wanted to do, unswayed by peer pressure, and then God would come to take care of everything else, even perform miracles on my behalf. I honestly was shocked to have such a clear feeling that He would “perform miracles”.
Later that day I had a phone call with a friend and it went so well and with such love and understanding, I felt lighter than I had all week. I really felt God’s love through my friend and that He was performing miracles.