There is something amazing and freeing that over takes a person on the day they wake up and stop striving to be something they’re not. A new world and life opens up before them, they take those first steps in becoming who they were created to be.
You see, that was me just over a year ago. I have spent many of years searching and trying to become something other than myself.
I grew up in a particular Christian denomination and there I try to be everything the church told me to be. When that denomination crashed my spiritual rug was yanked out from under me sending me on the search of God and myself. In that time I tried out and put on the robe of a Pentecostal Christian, from there a Messianic Christian where I tried on the robe of being Christian and Jewish at the same time. It was during that time I discovered and found the One True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Being young in my understanding and knowledge I sat out on a seven year journey of preparing myself to put on the robe of a Jew and join the nation of Israel and her people.
Then that day happened, while in meditation and prayer I woke up – a particular Psalm came to my mind while in prayer. I grabbed my book of Tehillim/Pslams and went to that chapter and began to read and meditate on what was being said.
Lets take a look at the passages that so changed my life, those that caused me to wake up and take that deep breath and embrace who the Creator had made me to be.
For God alone, wait silently my soul – because from Him is my hope. He alone is my Rock and Salvation; my stronghold, I shall not falter. Upon God rest my salvation and my glory, the Rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
So I asked that question that had been asked of me many times over the past seven years, “Why do you want to be Jewish?” The answer to that question had evolved over the years. But that day it was different than at any other time because I asked my self a new question – “If God was already my rock, my salvation and hope and it was in in Him alone that I wait, then what would becoming Jewish add or change?”
My hope, refuge and salvation was in God my Creator, I wait only for Him and no other, He is my stronghold and my rock, what would becoming Jewish add to this? My answer was nothing. As I pondered this even more I came to the conclusion that seeking conversion and becoming a Jew was to change completely who the Creator had made me to be. By becoming Jewish I would be taking on becoming a part of another nation and all its heritage – don’t get me wrong, that is not a bad thing, part of me still wants to be Jewish for my own reasons but that is not what the Creator made me – I had not yet lived the life that He gave me – I had not yet lived purposely a life of obedience to the Commandments that I was born into.
I came to the conclusion that before I change who and what I was created to be, I needed to seek out and live the who and what He created me to be first – and I am so glad I did.
When He sent my soul to this earth it did not arbitrarily fall into just any family. He hand picked the family I was to be born into and from there He placed my journey back to Him as a non-Jew and gentile. He has guided my whole life and just over a year ago I woke up to my Divine birthright and home coming.
King David in Psalms 119 prays “Open my eyes that I may see the wonders of Your Torah.”
When the Creator opened my eyes to the wonders of His Torah this is what I saw, I saw that He separated a nation called Israel for the purpose of being His priest and caretaker of the Torah – it is their inheritance – He gave them a specific job to do. Then I saw with the help of His priest that we of the nations also have a special job as well and was shown right there in the first book of the Torah our obligations before the Creator.
The Seven Noahide Commandments for the rest of the children of Noah are one of the wonders of Torah. It is our holy and divine job to do in the creation.
Here is what I woke up to that is so amazing’ the Creator placed my soul in the southern United States of America this is my culture, the culture where He wants me to observe His Commandments. I seem to be of Scottish descent, at least my sir name is, anyway being of European descent and that puts me most likely a descendent of Noah’s son Japheth who has the heritage of dwelling in the tent of Shem in whom the children of Israel are descended from. This means that in the Tent of Shem I learn from the Jews what is required for the children of Japheth. And this is to do the Seven Commandments given from Adam to Noah and down to us today – they have never been nullified by the Creator, they have been perpetual.
You see, I and you my gentile brother and sister we do not have to strive to be something we are not, right where you are, in your perspective nation and culture, you can take on the Seven Commandments and grow your live into something amazing and out of this world.
The Seven Noahide Commandments are designed to help you become the best you, you can be without striving to be something else. This is the blessing of being you – being what the Creator made you to be.
The Seven Noahide Commandments are our Divine Birthright and our personal home coming to the Creator.
Terry W. Hayes
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5 thoughts on “The Blessing of Being You”
I see that many Noahides come from the South. I did not visit the South. But it seems wonderful.
I love what you wrote about taking on the Seven Commandments in your nation and culture.
There is a lot of spirituality down here in the bible belt. The soil is real fertile, if one is a true seeker and they keep digging one will find their way home.
Thank you for your wonderful post! I’ve also felt drawn to conversion for the last 15 years but for a variety of reasons, it wasn’t going to happen.
Today, I went to a Catholic church from my youth for mass. Although I enjoyed it (particularly its similarities to many aspects of shul service) I realized without a doubt that I, as well, was put here on earth to be a Noahide.
For me, what I’m yearning for is a community. I guess if one doesn’t exist, we’ll just have to work double hard to create one 🙂
You are welcome; there are kind of two types of Noahide communities. The first one is the one you live in since everyone there is technically a child of Noah, just not purposely observant in the commandments. The other is Noahide communities where many have moved closer together with like minded people. Texas and Oklahoma has a lot of Noahides and a few communities. There is one north of Houston, check out the Netiv.net site
We have quite a few Noahides here in Alaska. They come to our Chabad house to classes to learn and also are a lot of help around the Chabad house. Many of them see it as part of their call to service to help Observant Jews where they can. Some eventually feel drawn to convert and others began down the conversion path and later decided it wasn’t for them. They are a part of our community.