My friend Jessica has an amazing story. Raised in a Christian home with a mother who faithfully prayed for her, Jessica had a rebellious spirit and a drug addiction. Her disobedience often resulted in trouble.
One day she prayed asking God for a lifetime supply of narcotics. He answered her prayer by giving her a job as a caregiver for a woman with crippling arthritis. When the woman recognized Jessica’s depression, she suggested she take her syringes and use them for herself! Jessica’s addiction to morphine became so bad that one day she swallowed every pill she owned and woke up in the hospital thinking, “Why am I still here, God?”
It was then she realized that all her life she’d gone her own way and not God’s way. She prayed, “God, I was dead and now I’m alive. From now on, Jesus, I belong to You and I will follow Your way.” She went into rehab belonging to God. She decided that every time God nudged her to do something she would obey.
She was challenged to pray for the one person who bothered her the most. “I began to pray daily for my mother and it changed me. I was able to forgive her from my heart and accept her imperfections. Jesus is in the business of restoration. He restores us to God and then restores us to each other. Today I love my mother dearly. I no longer see her as I once did. I want this for everyone!”
“When Jesus saves us, we think we’re getting saved just for eternal life. But NO…we’re also getting saved from ourselves–from our rebellion and our inner anger. Jesus helps us to let it go. Jesus really IS the prince of peace. He’s the king of peace. Jesus IS our peace.”
Today Jessica is sober, happy and serving God with her life. Her joy is contagious. She openly shares Christ wherever she goes. She leads a Bible study for homeless women and also leads worship in a retirement home. What a treasure she is!
- There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 16:25
- SONG: GOD IS READY – Words & Music by Kathleen; Robin poem by Elizabeth Cheney–circa 1931
[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 http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity