I grew up in a church which did not teach the Bible. I was fervent, and often attended services daily, even as a teen. But I did not know Christ.
During my first year of college I got into an argument with a student on campus about how to get to God. I told him I could get to God anytime I wanted. He told me that we can only get to God through Jesus Christ, and quoted John 14:6. I turned away from him and left.
But that verse would not leave my mind. All that night, I heard that verse, “I am the way and the truth and the life…no one comes to the Father except through me.” I heard it in the morning, also, and at lunchtime. It went to class with me, and dinner. No one sat with me at dinner. Just a voice in my spirit, saying that verse again and again…
That night by myself I got down on my knees and asked Jesus to forgive me for all my sins, to come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Nobody had ever taught me to pray like this, there just seemed to be a leading in my spirit.
I was saved, but I didn’t know this. I just knew that the presence of God seemed so close to me–right behind me, at my side. It seemed if I turned around quickly enough I would see Him. One time I even tried!
But I didn’t know how to grow. For the next few years, I would try to pick up my Bible and read. I would start in Genesis, but usually all my efforts would die somewhere around Numbers. Or, I would play “Bible roulette” asking God for a verse and opening my Bible randomly. I was a baby!
I married, graduated from college and moved to New Mexico. We heard that Billy Graham was coming to town. I was still going to the church I had grown up in, but I felt I needed to go.
I went. At the end when Rev. Graham gave the invitation, I knew I needed to stand and recommit my life to Jesus Christ.
Here is where help came! Not only were counselors available to talk with me, but they also invited me to sign up for a Bible study.
How I loved those Bible studies! I filled them out and sent them back. Sometimes it took a while before I sent back a study. I was now a busy mother with two children. But the counselors who received my booklets were always gracious. They sent back kind words and encouragement. I realize now that they were praying for me! I went through the whole series.
The last book included a copy of the “Four Spiritual Laws.” I thought, I can’t learn this and set it aside. That night I was so chagrined, because at a party at my home one of my husband’s students asked how she could be saved, and I didn’t know what to say to her. I took the booklet and gave it to her, but I felt so badly that I couldn’t present it to her as I should have.
I decided then that this would never happen again. If someone wanted to know how to be saved, I would be able to tell them. I got another copy of the “Four Spritual Laws” and studied it. I began sharing it.
Years later CCC’s “I Found It” campaign came to Albuquerque. I signed up and God used me to present the Gospel to others. What a gift to bring someone to Christ! There can be no better blessing!
I also kept reading my Bible. I went on to become a Sunday school teacher, and to help others grow in Christ. I am still teaching God’s Word today.
I am grateful. I have been so blessed by Billy Graham and his amazing organization.
I just want to say, “Thank you.”