I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see. These words, from the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’, represent my life.
I was once lost in the pursuit of materialism. My husband and I lived a decadent lifestyle. There was, for example, the year we flew to the Canadian Arctic, just to see the 24 hour sun on June 21. Of course, materialism never satisfies.
I went to church sometimes, and tried to be ‘good.’
One time at church , I heard my neighbour Anne, a righteous woman , give her testimony about how she had led a very rebellious life before she had repented and turned to Jesus. I was greatly moved and inspired by Anne ! A few weeks later, I shyly went to her house , and told her of my inner emptiness. She prayed for me, and then led me in the Sinner’s Prayer, and I asked Jesus into my life. Anne has continued to be my ‘spiritual mom’ and mentor for 31 years.
Jesus did not promise us, his followers , easy lives. He warned us that in a world hostile to Christians, we would face persecution. However, despite difficult circumstances, Jesus gives us joy, peace, and strength to overcome difficult times. We know He is always with us, and thus we live abundant lives overflowing with spiritual riches.
In Christ we have the victory.
The picture of pink Sea Thrift flowers growing in a rocky part of my garden represents the victory of the Christian life to me.