How often do you look back on your life, only to ask the question: “what happened”?
For many of us, we tend to revisit fond images of our youth. But there may be other memories of regret. I believe God, our creator, has planned it so. It gives us the opportunity to ask His forgiveness. It gives us a moment to ask for a second chance.
I was recently asked to teach a class for new believers. There are some students who have made the decision to rededicate their lives to Christ. This is all a glorious thing, and I rejoice in their commitment to a new way of life. Unfortunately, in order to lead them through this journey, God has caused me to revisit mental images of my past. As a woman who was saved many years ago, the experience is very challenging.
My Pastor has taught us a spiritual truth: “whenever you preach the Word, you must walk in it”. And I must confess, I have never sympathized with that statement, until now.
For the past few weeks, God has forced me to remember what it is like to walk through life without His divine guidance; without His mercy and grace. He wants me to understand what it is like to be lost; controlled by “things of the flesh”. He wants me to recall those days; so many years ago, when I was a new babe in Christ.
Unlike my Pastor, I cannot testify about: “never tasting alcohol”. I know, and understand, some of the forbidden fruits which Satan uses to makes us stumble. The knowledge makes me all the more grateful, when I read: “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son…” (John 3:16).
So, no matter how uncomfortable the experience, I understand I should walk this path, if only to point out the pitfalls along the way.
For those of you are still struggling, I hope you remember the boundless love of our creator.
Be Blessed, Donna