When we were talking with the press prior to being stranded in China on Survivor, I was approached by a reporter who was a little cynical about my faith in God. He mockingly asked me "So...since you're the 'Christian' of the group, does that mean God is on your side?" (then he snickered) I thought for a moment and then said, "Sir, God is on everyone's side. I just happen to be on His." He nodded, the smile left his face and then he said "I hope you do really well, but I don't think you will. This is a tough game for a girl like you."
As I reflect on that conversation, I must say that I remember thinking he was probably right. I knew I was in over my head and that it was a vicious game, but I also knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was there for a purpose. God was on my side. It didn't mean I would win the million dollars, be the best Survivor player or that everyone would love me. But I did have an incredible experience that completely changed my life and challenged me on many levels. God's not interested in having me "win" or be "successful" in the world's eyes. He is more concerned with my character and having a relationship with me. That, to me, is so freeing! I don't have to impress Him. I just love that.
God loves you, too. He's on your side. No matter what you've done. He loves the widow, the poor, the thief, the whore, the sinner, the saint, the rich....all of us. The question is not "Is God on my side?" But rather..."Am I on His?" He is captured by us. Will we be captured by Him?