Friday, October 2, 2009

A God Who Transforms

It is said that if you asked people at church if they became a Christian through a sermon a few would raise their hands. If they became a Christian by a book a few would raise their hands. If you became a Christian by a message on the radio or TV even fewer would raise their hands. But if you asked them did you become a Christian when you heard someone tell their story of how God transforms and then how this person took a personal interest in your life, almost all would raise their hands.

She's not more than 5 feet tall and 100 lbs. With glasses and a large grin she never misses work or devotions in the morning. She has worked in the dental lab for the past 12 years. It was her day to tell her story. She reluctantly began with her mouth behind her Bible.

"My childhood is full of memories. Some good some bad. I am the seventh of ten kids. My Mom loved us so much. My Dad...." tears begin, "I don't know if I can continue...My Dad was a drunkard. And I believe you do pay for your sins. He now only has months to live as the Spirit (Alcohol) has destroyed his liver. He use to beat the kids and my Mom when he would come home at night. He was a politician in our area. The other men did the same thing to their families. They had a lot of power and no one tried to stop them.

I was a bad little girl. I had no joy, no ambitions. I said I would never marry. I never would let a man do that to me again. But after coming to Kijabe and having devotions, I met people who cared, people who prayed. I met God and he transformed me. He is everything to me. He is my joy, my comfort, my security. I began to sing again like I have always loved to do. I met a man that truly loves me. We pray together. We are best friends and we can share anything. We married and have two children that we love so much. I am blessed to work at Kijabe Hospital because here people have a genuine heart. They care about each other.

I admire Esther in the Bible. She helped so many people despite her circumstances. I have so many favorite parts of the Bible it is hard to pick just one. But, I am lifted up by the end of Psalm 138.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes,
with your right hand you save me.

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever..

My Dad is still a drunkard along with three of my brothers But God has given me the strength to forgive him. I believe God can transform his life as well.


Family said...

That is a powerful testemony! Thanks for sharing. It is so wonderful how a community of believers provides such an example of Christ like living. I am inspired to be that example.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this. God is a God that transforms. This truly, truly touched my heart. It is a reminder that we are not lost in our circumstances, and that He redeems those that have no voice and brings forth healing, love, and salvation. I will pray for this precious woman as God continues to heal her heart. Thank you Father for redeeming this woman from her painful past and using it for your glory! (Fran in Bend)