I can’t remember when I found Jesus.
There wasn’t a great clap of thunder. Or a Heavenly choir. Or even a memory.
I have known of Him since childhood.
Because I grew up with Him. He was like the unseen guest in our home.
Before I knew my own address, I could tell you all about Heaven. Before I was old enough to feed my pet, I could tell others about Him feeding 5,000.
I can’t tell you the day or the time, what I was wearing or how I felt about our meeting.
I do remember falling in love with Him as a child. And questioning Him as an adolescence and needing Him as a teen. I remember following Him as a young adult.
But remembering a time without Him?
And for years, that bothered me.
I remember thinking, I need a story. What’s my story? A testimony.
As I sat in a church service as a college-aged girl, I heard a young woman my age share her testimony. She shared in detail the abuse she’d endured, her promiscuity, the pain of her life.
It was then that it dawned on me that I had a great testimony. One that I pray my own children will share.
My parents were first generation Christians and they changed their family tree the day they met Jesus. They provided a place and an atmosphere where I avoided experiencing so many of life’s sorrows.
I wasn’t perfect (just ask my parents), but I never rebelled outwardly. I had a bad attitude and sulky personality. I went thru a boy crazy period and tested some rules. But I also grew strong in my faith as a young girl and walked with Jesus. It was His Saving Grace that allowed me to enter my marriage, as a pure, albeit, naive lady.
And I’ve faced tough times as an adult and mom. We struggled in the ministry the first 10 years of our marriage, I went thru infertility, a miscarriage and nearly lost my third child. We endured a painful year-long ordeal that nearly destroyed our marriage, a career change and several very bad decisions.
But thru it all, there has been One who has held my hand, walked and even carried me thru the hard times.
He remembers how He found me.
Food for the Soul:
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”