It was ten years ago today that a little six year old girl surrendered her life to Christ. That girl was me.
As little as I was, I understood what it meant to become a Christian.
Up until that point, I said I was a Christian because my parents were. Isn't that how it was supposed to go? No. I can't remember very clearly what changed my mind about that.
What I do remember though was...
I was upset and in a bad mood. Mom had told me to go upstairs and clean up the entire room. Us girls shared a room so not all of it was my mess. That made me upset. I stomped upstairs and threw myself on my bed. A flood of tears filled my eyes as I cried, "Jesus, I need you. I can't do this. Please come into my heart and take away all of my pride and bossiness. In Jesus name, Amen"
God granted my plea.
I remember running downstairs and telling Emily what I had just done. I could not wipe the smile, that seemed to be growing by the minute, off of my face. I told mom, she called dad and pastor. I got baptized that Sunday.
That evening a friend from church was over. We were outside and our friend was telling us that this lightening bug's name was Bob, and this one's name was Jane. I laughed and then looked at the setting sun. As I gazed at the Western clouds I caught my breath. There in the clouds was the shape of a cross. It was purple and blue. In my heart I knew that that was my covenant with God. That was Him telling me that He had me.
I don't remember growing much, in the spirit, when I was little. I do remember getting up at 5:30 and reading my Bible in the living room. That awesome feeling of knowing that I, a little seven-year-old, was all alone spending time with my Lord.
As I've gotten older, I've grown a lot. Yes, I have a looong way to go, but the Lord is ever faithful. He walks beside me all the time. At times, when the Devil likes to throw darts of mistrust and doubts about my assurance of Salvation, I always go back to that cross in the sky. For me, that is God's promise that He will never leave me, nor forsake me.
What's your testimony? I would love to hear it!