Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Story Time

Sunday morning, I took a trip.
I wasn't expecting it, but smack in the middle of our worship time - Jesus took me on a little trip to some 24 years ago.
It happened when we were singing Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, and we got to the second verse. I sang these words:

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.
And suddenly I was back in college - thinking I was "fine" - not knowing I was a lost little sheep in need of a Savior.

I was never opposed to God or Christianity. Hey, I've attended church for as long as I can remember. I just didn't know there was such a thing as a personal relationship with Jesus. Frankly, I thought He had done what He needed to do, and now the world was left to fend for itself.
So, there I was - a stranger, wandering from God, not realizing I should (or could) be doing anything differently. Until Jesus pursued me - very cleverly - helped me understand my need, and made me HIS.
Every time I read a verse like Jeremiah 29:13, You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart, I thank God that He did not wait for me to seek Him. Because I honestly thought I was fine, and I don't know when I would have ever gone seeking after Him.
Indeed, His grace is amazing.

So, that's my story.

How did you come into a relationship with God?
OR, if you haven't begun that relationship, what is holding you back?



Leah @ Point Ministries said...

That is one of my all time favorite songs. Jesus certainly sought me when I wandered in those years after accepting Him as Savior. I'm so glad He never stops seeking us.

Sara K. said...

My story is very similar to yours... I grew up in church and knew ABOUT Jesus, but I didn't KNOW Him. That is until after college, when I was in despair over the condition of my life and recognized my need for a SAVIOR! I found a great church that taught the TRUTH and made the Bible become alive and relevant to my life... And I found He was willing to forgive me and cleanse me from all the yucky sins that plagued me. SO THANKFUL for a merciful God who wanted me and accepted me "as is" -- but loved me enough to not leave me that way! He keeps working on my character in loving (although sometimes painful) ways. :)

Karen Hossink said...

Leah - Me, too, friend. Me, too!

Sara - Sometimes painful, yes. But not pain without a purpose. We can trust Him do what is good and right in our lives. ((hugs))