A woman trashed her life and was living at a friend’s place, thoroughly addicted to drugs, when a moment of divine intervention changed her life forever.
According to Christianity Restored
, “Deb” was a h***** addict who grew up in a home without the Lord’s presence.
Even with a spiritually empty background and drug-addicted future, God found a way to bring a lost lamb to His flock.
“I grew up in an Atheist home …I never went to Sunday school, we never went to church and life – I lived life on my own terms without any reference to God. I lurched from one disastrous relationship to another, looking for love in all the wrong places.
“And when I was 30, I got involved with a guy …who was 5 years younger than myself. When I found out that he was doing h*****, instead of leaving him, I started taking h***** as well. That began an 18-month ordeal as I tried to come off the drug but I just found that it is incredibly addictive and life just went from bad to worse.
“I was staying at a friend’s flat and I remember rummaging around in the drawers for some matching because one way of taking h***** is to light a bit of it and inhale the fumes – it’s called ‘chasing the dragon.’ And, while looking for the matches. I found a little Gideon New Testament and, while high on h*****, I started reading this little New Testament.
“I’d never read the Bible before and I just read there that I was in real trouble, that there was a living God to whom I owed an account for my life, this life I had just trashed. Suddenly I realized that I couldn’t commit suicide. Life was living hell but death meant facing Him and I was too scared to do that.
“I saw in the Bible that I was in real trouble with a real God. I didn’t know who Jesus was but I knew I had to get to a church, and so I went to a church service on Good Friday, on the morning of Good Friday. And I remember sitting right at the back of the church, near the back door, ready to make a quick getaway.
“But then they started reading from the Gospel of Matthew, about Jesus’ crucifixion…I just sobbed because I realized what I heard is that he died on a cross for me, that all the things I had done, and the punishment coming my way, he had taken on the cross. And when he cried out on the cross, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ I realized that it was for me that he was forsaken. He took my forsakenness.
“I just, I sobbed. I burst into tears. He had done that for me, so that I could not be forsaken. And I just knew that I was God’s daughter. I was sobbing, just absolutely sobbing. I don’t know what people thought but I didn’t really care because I walked out there knowing that God is my Father and life is just, it was just changed from that moment on.1
“That was nine years ago and as I look back over the time I’ve been a Christian, God has changed me from the inside out. I just see that God has healed and restored every single area that I had single-handedly trashed. And He-He has restored relationships with friends and He has given me loads of new friends. He has restored me to my family, He has restored my career, He’s helped me settle all that debt and, way before I lived life for myself on my own terms, I see now that there’s real freedom and real joy in living for God and on His terms.
I love Him with all my heart, my soul, my strength and I love others. And for me, that makes life worth living and I can’t thank Him enough for all He’s done for me.”
Thank you, Jesus, for your healing mercies and the price you paid on the cross for our sins. Amen.
By Kenya Sinclair