This week has been filled with so much emotion for me. It has held moments of tears, anger, joy, and sadness all woven together and here I am sitting on my couch feeling them all again.
We are all different. We each have our own way that we like to do things whether we are praying, stressing, praising, crying, laughing, rejoicing, or loving. Being different is not a bad thing, in fact, it’s good because it allows us to see that our way is not the only way, and it might even allow us to step out of our comfort zone to experience something new.
Now there are some things that I know about myself: I am curious, stubborn, insecure, passionate, creative, jealous, envious, impatient, selfish, and OCD... the list really goes on and on; the point being: I AM A HOT MESS!
But Jesus made me this way. He formed each and every molecule that makes me up and He knew that there was going to be a time that I would need to be completely broken before He could put me back together as HIS.
My breaking point was hard. It held losing people that I cared about, a reckless lifestyle, seclusion from my family, lots of broken hearts, and a list of regrets and mistakes that I could never undo, but I finally broke. I hit the point where I became so broken that nothing could even temporarily hold me together anymore, then I realized that Jesus was still there… waiting. All I had to do was ask Him to wrap His arms around me and squeeze me back together with His grace and love.
I have an awesome testimony because it is God’s story that I get to carry to the world. But what makes it amazing is not all the hardship I had to face to get to this point; it is the fact that I did get to Jesus. I feel like we as Christians rate people’s testimonies on “how far” God had to go to get them, almost acting like the "deeper" the rock bottom, the stronger the “save”. I walked some rough paths to get to Jesus’ feet but that doesn’t mean I need grace any more than someone who never went “wild” and just simply understood what it meant to follow Jesus.
Just like everyone is different, everyone has their own rock bottom they have to hit before they realize they need a Savior, some are deep & others are shallow but for that person that's where they had to go to meet Jesus. God has a plan for each and every one of us, a path for us to walk that eventually brings us to Him, where we can choose to accept His grace or not.
In Acts 16, Paul and Timothy go out to strengthen and build up the churches. During his journey three people get saved: a religious woman, a demon possessed slave girl, and a prison guard. All three of them had very different journeys on their way to meet Jesus but ultimately they all became saved by Jesus.
We can not judge people on their path to Jesus. We should love them. We should encourage them. We should celebrate each and every path that makes it to the cross.
Whatever your “rock bottom” was.. be proud of it and understand that is the path Jesus needed you to take so that He could reach you. It is His story and that is how you can reach others for HIS glory.
Have a great week and celebrate whatever path you are on right now, trusting God to lead you to His glory!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.