Finding The Quiet Place
- By Indu Shanmugam
- Published 04/11/2008
Indu Shanmugam is a 20-something, college student from Oregon, USA. She is majoring in English literature and language. She also studied Theology for a short period. She wants to be a teacher. As a literature enthusiast, she enjoys literature of all types and from writers of various backgrounds from the classics, French realists, Christian writings like C.S Lewis and South Asian literature. As for her own writings, "I am still trying to find and develop my own voice." She sees the art of the written word as a way to speak about Christ and explore truth. Before she met Jesus Christ, she has been searching for the meaning of life through experimentation of other religions, philosophies and ideas. At the age of 17, she accepted Christ after a powerful encounter with God through a miracle. God's presence and deep truths in the Bible fuel her creativity. She is involved in church activities and has a love for the church and would like to see every believer grow, become closer to God and live fruitfully. She loves traveling, sipping bubble teas, theatre, music, films and hanging out with friends and has a weakness for cheesecake.
Ideally, circumstances and situations of life should not dictate faith or attitudes. The worst situation I could ever deal with came to me. I thought, "There's no way I'm ready to take this." All my strength is sapped out of me and I can't deal with one more major disappointment. So as you can see, I'm not at all a 'person of faith'. At first, I blamed myself, then others around me and now I feel stuck. The situation itself isn't my fault because it was inevitable. My only fault is my attitudes afterwards.
I want to escape away from the circumstances, stresses and troubles of the world. Life isn't easy as we all know it. Being a Christian does not guarantee that things will be better. Life is the same except that now you have something to lean on and the tools to make it through. I want to get away from the circumstances and take refuge in God. I want to focus on Him, become renewed and strengthened.