I watched my friend Lesley slowly become an alcoholic. Years passed, and her life and her abilities declined.
I remember asking, “Lesley, do you ever think about spiritual things?”
I was impressed with her knowledge of God and the Bible. She admitted that deep inside she believed Jesus was the answer to her challenges, but she was not ready to give her life to Him.
Lesley’s alcoholism eventually resulted in liver disease and esophageal varices (varicose veins). One day we learned that her varices hemorrhaged during the night. She had almost died and was in ICU. I prayed all the way to the hospital that God would protect our time and that she would now be ready.
She was awake and smiling when I walked in. “Lesley, we heard that last night we almost lost you! But look at you now! Do you think that perhaps God did not want you to die yet? Perhaps He wants to give you another chance to come to Him.”
She said, “I was thinking the same thing.”
I said, “I brought you this little booklet, Would You Like To Know God Personally? [by Bill Bright: https://www.cru.org/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html I thought perhaps we could read it together.”
She said, “Thank you, but I’m really tired. Just leave it on my table. I promise you I’ll read it first thing when I get home.”
I placed it on the table, but I could not leave it there. “Lesley, I know you’re tired. Why don’t you close your eyes and rest while I read it to you.” She agreed! When I came to the prayer at the end and began slowly reading it, she began repeating it after me! When I finished I said, “You repeated the prayer aloud. Did you mean it?”
I said, “You did? Then you are now a child of God!”
“I am? You mean I’m a Christian? That’s all there is to it?”
I said, “If you are willing to turn away from your sins and surrender your life to Jesus, then YES! How do you feel?”
With tears in her eyes she said, “Good. I have a wonderful peace inside.”
Then with excitement in her voice she said, “Hey! We need to share this booklet with Ralph! He needs God in his life, too!”
The next day we received a phone call that Lesley had hemorrhaged again and died. She was forty-five.
“Dear God, thank You for preventing me from leaving that booklet on the table. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!”
- The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
- Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15
- “I Love the Lord” – Click here to listen:
This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and www.godlife.com
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