February 2, 2012
This past Sunday at church, our pastor asked members of the congregation to share their testimony during the week. To be honest, I’ve probably written this testimony several times during the week trying to get it just right. What words do I say, how do I say the story, and how much detail do I put into it? It’s such a personal story, and as such, one I want to be perfect when I tell it.
My salvation testimony occurred when I was a fourth grade little girl. I can vividly remember the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart. With my heart pounding and tears pouring down my face, I walked down the church aisle. I remember people praying for me. I was so happy about the decision I made. Soon after, I was baptized. I still remember the white dress I was wearing when I was immersed in the waters.
Though I was a fourth grade child when I received my eternal life, I believe it’s the trials and tribulations I’ve experienced in my life that contribute to my testimony as well. How did I rely on God in the trials? Did I see that He was carrying me? Did I see that He sent angels along the way to help me? Did I see that He was molding me and shaping me to be what He’s known I would be all along? More importantly, did I pray and seek His peace, protection, and will?
My lifelong Bible verse has always been Jeremiah 29:11-13. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” I have always clung to this verse, especially during those times of doubt and confusion. I now have a peace about these major trials I endured as a child. I understand that some of my questions may not be answered here on earth. But I am confident that God has used these circumstances to give me my gifts of patience, humility, and humbleness. Through these trials, I have come to understand that God is going to use them for His glory. I’m still a work in progress, and I believe God’s still working on my testimony and me.
Blessings and Peace,