Wednesday, September 2, 2015

When I Finally Got It

Photo by Matt (Flickr) 
During my high school years, I thought I was automatically going to heaven due to my religious affiliation. Therefore, even when I listened to Billy Graham on TV, I didn’t understand that the gospel message was relevant to me. I thought I was already “in.”

Later, while a freshman in college, several people I met on campus became some of my best friends. They invited me to prayer meetings where I loved what I heard, but I still didn’t know the message was something I needed.

Several years later, I was a new mom living in married student housing on the LSU campus, where I finally got it. At last I understood the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection for me.

It happened one morning as I was leaning over to wipe breakfast crumbs from our small table. I stopped for a moment and straightened up. “Oh! That’s what that means!”

As I kept on cleaning (which my husband thought was a miracle in itself), the scriptures I’ve heard for years were now making sense to me. At the time, I couldn’t understand what was happening, but now I realize the Holy Spirit was helping me comprehend what had eluded me for years.

Until that morning, I took the whole “Jesus’ death” thing for granted. Although I knew He died on the cross, I never went from knowing He was crucified to comprehending why He was crucified.

Photo by Dr. Ashraf Fekry (Flickr)
But at that moment, I began to grasp why He died a painful and humiliating death. He did it because He loved me. (I’ll go in more detail about this point next week.)

My heart filled with gratitude as I realized the extent God was willing to go to for me so I could be with Him in heaven.

John 3:16 (NASB)
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 

We will continue this next week. In the meanwhile, please consider memorizing and/or meditating on this unbelievable verse!

And please pray for me as I write my next post. I want to it to be an effective one.


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  1. I am so thankful you are writing your testimony Sheryl and I think God for your life through Him. Those of us who have come to recognize that we cannot live without Him and we cannot go our own way in peace and safety have no place else to turn but to Him. It is God who brought us to Him for us to have life. It reminds me of the song, "No Turning Back Lord, No Turning Back."

    1. It was mostly your urging me to do so for the last couple of years that encouraged me to finally share my this part of my testimony. So, thank you, Barbara!!(For testimony on how I began to memorize scripture, click on the "About" tab.)

      I so agree that we cannot live without Him! I'm so glad you stopped by.

  2. This one brought tears to my eyes. How can we look right at something for so long... and miss it??? But we do. The day that the Lord opens our eyes, though, is such a beautiful one. Looking forward to your next post and saying a prayer for you (and your readers) just now. <3

    1. I'm so happy you dropped by, Sheila. And thank you for your comment. You're right: it is a beautiful moment when our eyes finally open to His truth!

      I appreciate your prayers, Sheila.


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