Monday, August 17, 2009

Still Held

“…the Sovereign LORD took hold of me.” Ezekiel 8:1

I remember clearly the day the Sovereign LORD took hold of me.

Although I can’t write the date and time, I was about eight years old when it happened. I was reading a little story entitled, “Joy Sparton of Parsonage Hill”. The main character, “Joy”, was the daughter of a Pastor. Sharing her name and family life, it was easy to identify with the heroine as her life so closely mirrored my home situation. When the fictional character in this book realized that she would not go to heaven when she died based on her parent’s commitment, and that she needed to have a personal relationship with the Lord, I suddenly understood that I too had to make my own decision to invite Jesus into my heart. Getting down on my knees beside my bed, I confessed my sins and asked Jesus to come into my life. It was a quiet moment.

My testimony isn’t filled with captivating before and after illustrations. As an eight year old, I hadn’t walked a path of drugs or alcohol. I hadn’t left home, lived on the streets, been a victim of abuse, surrendered to passion, or committed a crime. Yet when God “took hold” the result was the same. My conversion was just as exciting. Just as many angels rejoiced. I am so thankful for all God saved me from. For all the experiences missed. For all the opportunities lost.

God took hold of a little girls heart 39 years ago and continues to hold it now and forevermore.



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6 comments:

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I think that once God takes hold, He does continue to hold But 8 years old? Wow! You were precociously sensitive!

Joan said...

Like you, I was saved at an early age (10) and never got into drugs or alchohol. But my conversion was just was precious.

For many years, I didn't think I had a testimony, since I couldn't speak of God saving me from a life of drug addiction, crime, etc. My pastor often says that those with the greatest testimony are ones whom God has protected from these things.

Many blessings to you...

Lori said...

Joy, This post was for me! I, too was saved at an early age. For many, many years I felt like I did not have a testimony to share. How wrong I was. God in His mercy has protected me all of my life. He has been in my heart and has wooed me to him while sprinkling God Moments throughout my days. I adore my Father; and am so very thankful that He has been with me all of these years.
Blessings, Lori - AZ

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

We share a similar story, friend. And the "taking hold" is still as generous and fabulous as it once was.

peace~elaine

Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Oh how precious. And that beautiful 8-year old girl, all grown up into a beautiful woman, is stilling being held. So thankful HE takes hold of us!

Deb said...

I was saved at a young age as well.

And I love that He will never let go of us.

Ever.

Sweet dreams.