This past weekend, I turned twenty-two. What an incredible journey it has been over the last two decades of my life. I am incredibly thankful for all of the love I’ve received from family and friends, and I’m especially thankful for having the Lord in my life to guide, lead and direct me on a daily basis.
As I reflect upon the last year, I can see how God’s hand has been placed upon my life. For starters, I graduated nursing school (woot-woot!). I met some incredible people during my college experience. I’ve also had the privilege of forming new friendships with another believer’s through the church, young adult’s groups and a Christian writer’s retreat.
Not to mention, the Lord provided me with an opportunity to share my faith through my blog and my new book, “Back to Being Sara: Breaking the Bondage of Eating Disorders.” I must admit, I might have underestimated what God could do with this book, but so far He has allowed me to have my first book signing at a local Christian book and Health Food store, and connect with other Christian authors. Also, He has given me the opportunity to share my story with other’s at an upcoming Gospel Sing and has given me a number of opportunities to share of His awesome power with others.
It is incredible how one decision of the will, free will that is, can change everything. Had I refrained from making the decision to follow the Lord and trust Him with my life, I would not have been given the incredible opportunities to share my story of hope and redemption with others who are struggling.
As I read through my bible tonight and came across “the Parable of the Sower”, I was reminded that each person will receive the word of God differently. For some, the word of God may be difficult to receive because their heart is hardened, or because they do not have a solid foundation. For others, receiving God’s word may be as simple as 1,2,3.
And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Luke 8:4-8
Before I decided to become a Christian, I was living under “greasy grace.” In other words, I thought I was a good person because of the good works I had done. Although my heart was not hardened to God’s word, I didn’t have a solid foundation to lean on during life’s challenges. Suddenly, my good works weren’t enough.
It wasn’t until I began attending a church where the Bible was preached in Truth and love, that I began wondering what being a Christian actually meant. My life prior to being saved and born-again was going through the motions of being “godly” but denying the power thereof.
It can be so easy to be distracted by the cares of this world and its riches and forget that this is not our home. We are pilgrims of the earth, which is now under the dominion of the evil one. We must not forget that there is a Heavenly home that awaits us. For those of us who are so distracted by what the world has to offer, we aren’t going to be open to receive God’s word and what He has to offer-which is eternal life through His Son Jesus.
My prayer for those who may not know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour is for God to soften their hearts and become open to receiving His word as the Truth.