Jesus Did It!
By: Kathleen S. RasmussenIf you would like to watch this testimony on video, you can click on the following link: http://www.vimeo.com/20532853
lonely and unhappy? Are you looking for something to fill your innermost
being that gives you happiness? Read how someone else found
happiness - a happiness that was obtained by finding out
something about God she never knew before.
I am the youngest of seven children. My parents were faithful in taking our family to a Christian church on a regular basis. But my father passed away when I was six, leaving my mother to care for all of us.
My mother, bless her heart, worked hard to fill the void he left, and she did well, but I missed my Daddy dearly. Spiritually, I am very thankful for the Christian exposure I received in my childhood. Even though I eventually strayed from God after making a profession of faith to Jesus Christ at age 13, I still had some knowledge of right and wrong, which I believe kept me from straying even farther than what I did.
In my teens and early twenty's,
loneliness held a grip on me. In my ignorance of the ways Satan
leads one away from Jesus Christ, I began to look for peace and
happiness with the party crowd. After all, they looked
"happy." I began frequenting bars and places where I
could drink and dance. I thought if I hung out at these
places long enough, I might meet the right man - the man of my
dreams - a man who would take away my loneliness and give me a
purpose in life I had not yet experienced. Along with meeting men
came alcohol, drugs and sex. It all came with the package.
I soon discovered that "happiness" became an illusive term. The few times I was happy did not make up for most of the time I was miserable. Somehow, I seemed to attract men who simply wanted to use me for their own selfish purposes. These relationships only brought hurt, pain, and rejection when these men were finished with me. Little did I realize that having sexual intimacy with a man, and hinging an entire relationship on sexual fulfillment is one of Satan's greatest tools for leading people into relationships for the wrong reason.
TIRED OF BEING REJECTED
At age 26, miserable beyond description; tired of being left and rejected; tired of not having a man to give love to and receive love from that had any lasting duration - I came to the realization that my life was going nowhere. Ever get that feeling? It's an ever-present feeling that makes you wonder why you're here on earth. I always wondered why was I even born and what purpose did my life have anyway. Why can everyone else be happy, but not me?
It was around that time that my thoughts began to drift to an old girlfriend I had partied with in the past. Her name was Hattie, and I wondered if she was still happy. We had always been close, until she became one of those "fanatic" Christians. Her life had changed dramatically, and although she was happy, I just felt she was too religious to hang around anymore. So I willfully lost contact with her for six years. On one particular evening I began watching a Billy Graham crusade on TV and reasoned in my mind: Even though she is religious, she can still be my friend, can't she? I was lonely for companionship. The next evening I was at a bar (typical of me on a Friday night) and I went to a pay phone to give Hattie a call. She was glad to hear from me.
We talked, reminiscing over old memories, and catching up on friends from our past. Our conversation ended by her saying she would call me back again soon. Two weeks went by and she didn't call. Finally I decided I'd call her one last time, and if she couldn't make plans for us to get together, I'd just forget her. So I called. Fortunately for me, she was there, and toward the end of our conversation she invited me to a young people's potluck gathering being held at someone's home that was being sponsored by her church. After we hung up, I began thinking: 'I need a change' Why not? What would it hurt?
During the gathering, I sat there
staring at these beautiful people. There was a glow about them I
had never seen on anyone. Their faces radiated with peace and joy, and
their words were so gentle and kind. During our time together they also
had a worship time of singing praises to the Lord, and there was another young
woman who shared a song that touched my heart so much, it brought me to tears
and even now everytime I hear it, it still has the same effect on me. I
had no idea at the time how the message of that song would apply to me in my own
life down the road.
If you would like to hear the music to this song, please click on the arrow tab below. I would like to share with you the words of it as you listen:
I AM A
I am a servant, I am listening for my name
I sit here
waiting, I've been looking at the game
That I've been playing, And I've been staying much the same
When you are lonely, you're the only one to blame
I am a servant - I am waiting for Your call
I've been unfaithful, so I sit here in the hall
How can You use me when I have never given all
How can You choose me when You know I quickly fall
So He feeds my soul and He makes me grow
And He lets me know He loves me
I am worthless now but I've made a vow
I will humbly bow before Him
Oh please use me - I am lonely
I am a servant getting ready for my part
There's been a change, a rearrangement in my heart
At last I'm learning there's no returning once I start
To live's a privilege, To love is such an art
But I need your help to start
O please purify my heart
I am your servant
Later on in the evening many of them were asked to testify of how they had entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and how it had changed their life for the better. Each of them gave glory to God for doing it all, because it was not anything they could have done to change themselves. It was God doing it through them by His Holy Spirit, they said.
When I left that night I felt and saw so much love and peace, but I left with so many unanswered questions. This truly was another stepping stone the Lord was putting before me on my search to really know Him. After the meeting, Hattie, who had invited me there walked me and my friend who came with me out to my car. Her boyfriend then (Rob), husband now, also walked us out. He stood on my side of the car window and my girlfriend on the passenger side. As Rob was talking to me and Hattie was talking to my friend, I remember him saying to me that if I felt something different that night, I owed it to myself to really check it out. That is when I asked them both to show me where their church was because deep down I really wanted what they had, not really knowing at the time that it was Jesus that I was searching for. They led me by car that night showing me where their church was and then after that I went on home.
Two weeks later I decided to surprise Hattie by showing up unexpectedly at her church, but when I arrived I found she wasn't there because she had to work that night. But there were so many faces I recognized from my old party days, and I loved being there that night. From then on I started attending that church and eventually gave my whole heart and life to Jesus Christ. I asked Him to not only be my Savior, but also be the Lord of my life, which is what I unknowingly neglected to do at age 13. Lordship, I was soon to learn, was not obtainable without having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
PEACE AND JOY
The loneliness and lack of peace I had experienced before began to leave. It was replaced with peace and joy I know now only Jesus can give. I found myself surrounded with a whole new set of friends, and the loneliness was also replaced with the hunger and thirst I now had to grow in Christ. I came to realize that no man could give me what I really stood in need of, which was the peace and security of knowing who I am in Christ Jesus. Whether I live or die, I know I have eternal life in and through Him. Jesus Christ is my closest friend. Problems and suffering drive me to Him - not away from Him. And He always rescues me. His Spirit always comforts me.
Since I have decided to seek my Heavenly Father and please Him through this personal relationship with Jesus Christ, by being obedient to His commands in the Bible, He has been so faithful in my life in adding those things that I had so deeply desired within my heart. One of those desires was to marry a man, someone who loved Jesus Christ more than he loved anyone or anything else, including myself. I wanted someone I could share Christ with - not about.
It has been 32 years now since I made my decision to live for Jesus, and 29 of those years have been with the man who God so faithfully and lovingly gave me to be my husband. I can honestly say I never knew how precious and fulfilling a relationship with a man could be when Christ is the center of each of our lives. I thank God so much for His faithfulness in answering my prayers for a godly man. It is through this marriage that I am learning to depend and trust more in Christ to meet my every need, because my husband can never meet them all, nor can I meet all of his.
Even though I knew this before I got married, I am learning that even with a husband, Jesus Christ wants me to be totally dependent and trusting in Him to meet all of my needs. When I do this, there is no leanness in my relationship with God or in my marriage. It takes the pressure off from my husband in asking him to do things he is not capable of doing.
I take great comfort in knowing that God is faithful to complete that which He has begun in me through my personal relationship with Jesus Christ my Creator. (You may want to read Philippians, Chapter 1, for a clarification of this statement).
For those of you who have a lack of peace, who fear dying, have something missing, who have no real meaning or purpose in life, or experience loneliness and sense a lack of motivation - I delight in saying that Jesus Christ desires to come and fill those voids in your life. But it requires that you let Him have total control of your life. That may seem scary or threatening to some people, but it shouldn't. The Bible says Jesus Christ is the One who made you. (See John 1: 1- 14 for Scripture reference).
Thank you and God bless you for letting me share my heart with you. If this has touched you in any way, please don't go on in life without searching for answers to your questions. My questions brought me to see and realize that only Jesus Christ is the answer to all of my needs. I never knew I could be so free within myself, and it's all because I decided to follow Jesus - letting Him make me into the person He wants me to be - in His image and for His glory.
Kathleen S Rasmussen
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