As a child I was fascinated with the moon. Maybe that’s because to me the moon represented God…Very Big and Very Far Away.
My family and I put our faith in the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy. We did not seek medical attention through the help of doctors when we were sick or injured. I find it interesting that at the age of 28 God would use bees to reveal Himself in an up-close and personal way.
On a warm August day, I was walking a friend’s dog, when from out of nowhere a swarm of bees attacked me. Anaphylactic shock took hold hard and fast…I was unconscious within eight minutes.
My friend called for an ambulance and I was rushed to the closest hospital. As I regained consciousness and my swollen body struggled to recover, many questions consumed my thoughts. Wow! How did I survive this? Why didn’t I die?
After leaving the hospital three days later my questions were still unanswered. I felt very uncomfortable with myself and the lifestyle I returned to. How had I lived the last ten years of my life so far from the morals from which I was raised? And this lonely heart of mine…will it ever be filled with love? A tiny little whisper escaped my lips, “I have got to get my life right with God.”
The Lord has blessed me with many blessings. One blessing is a radio ministry where I get to share my devotionals and also interview people and hear their amazing faith stories.
While visiting a friend I hadn’t seen for a very long time I began to tell her of the many wrong things that had become a part of my everyday life. She looked straight at me and said, “Well you know you’re a sinner?!” Actually, I hadn’t known that. It was the next few things she spoke that really had me baffled though. She said, “Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died to set you free from your sin? What was she talking about? I had never heard that before. I answered inquisitively, “I don’t know? Am I supposed to? … I will.” My words seemed to come out in slow motion. What happened next was not in slow motion, however. It all sort of came out of nowhere and happened very quickly.
Her Pastor came to her house. The bathtub was filled with water. The Pastor prayed. And I went down under that water. Was it a lifetime or an instant? I came up out of that water – New. Unashamed. Clean. Free.
I began a journey that day – one I’m still on. Redemption is sure! An insatiable desire to read the Bible continues to water my soul as I drink deeply of the words filled with life. My new best friend, LORD, and Savior, Jesus Christ has reconciled me to God by cleansing me of my sin.
The Lord has blessed me with many blessings. One blessing is a radio ministry where I get to share my devotionals and also interview people and hear their amazing faith stories. That is how I met Nancy Carol Willis, who is also one of the sweet blessings the Lord has given me.
Now when I look at the moon I see it as God’s creation. I see myself as God’s redeemed child and I feel my Heavenly Father’s love up-close and personal.
More Faith Stories
I remember being in church and going up to the altar and crying. I was so tired of the life I was living. I needed help. I felt a sense of peace at that time and knew that if this Jesus thing can work for some of these other guys, then it can definitely work for me.
I said to myself, “Why should anyone envy me and want to be in my shoes?”
God has led me to amazing places in my life, so let me explain how God led me from South Carolina to Kenya.
We built the first church with great difficulty. We went back to the States and the board asked us to become mission staff with the Outreach Foundation. That was 25 years ago, just about, and we’ve gotten more involved with Kenya as days and years went on.
I am a chef by profession. I’m happy because I do what I love. Now I work at Villadise Tours and Safaris, where I meet so many different people coming from far. Being helpful is just a blessing to other people.
Then God started tugging on my heart. There was a church sermon series that was about taking your God-given dream off the shelf. I was like, “I don’t know what my dream is. God, if you have a dream for me you’re going to have to tell me what it is.”