Chapter 7: The Signature
My own salvation story…
I was saved when I was eight years old. My homeschool group went to a special seminar on “Creation” given by a dear older lady named Mrs. De Lancey. This seminar was hosted at a church that would soon become my family’s “home church” in Eastern Pennsylvania. “Mrs. De”, as she liked for us to call her, spoke with lively wisdom and truth about Creation vs. Evolution, giving us plenty of Biblical food-for-thought on issues that some Scientists find “debatable”. Though the lesson was based on God’s creation of the world, something about the way that she explained these Truths opened my eyes to things I had never understood before. As she ended the seminar, she mentioned something about a pamphlet she would give us about Jesus if we wanted to come and talk to her. Something inside of me was prompted to talk with her and find out more about this pamphlet. I had heard about Jesus and believed in Him – from what I understood – but I didn’t realize that I could actually have a personal relationship with Him. That, in fact, I needed Him and His salvation. When I went up to talk with her, Mrs. De explained that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and because of this, my sin has separated me from God. She said this is why Jesus came to earth. The penalty for our sin is death, but in God’s amazing love for us, He sent His only Son to die in our place… to pay our debt. Through this incredible gift, we are offered a relationship with God and eternal life through Jesus Christ. All we have to do is believe that Jesus is the Son of God, repent and surrender our lives to Him. All we have to do is accept this gift that is extended to us.
Finally, I got it.
When Mrs. De offered to pray with me, I eagerly said yes, but I had no idea how much my life was about to change.
From that day forward, I was not the same. There was a joy that bubbled up in me that I couldn’t explain. I literally felt like I had this loving Presence, this close personal friend – Jesus – inside me. I remember even writing a landmark entry in my journal that night about the incredible thing that had happened. No one told me I would feel this way… I was a child, and my joy was pure and absolutely unadulterated by any “expectation”.
A few years later, when I was diagnosed with cancer, my faith was severely tested. Though I had been learning and growing in my faith and knowledge of the Lord, I wasn’t prepared for what hit. I thought God was angry and abandoned me… until I realized that He was the very one carrying me through this trial. He was the very one planning the blessings that He would bring from it.
This chapter is all about restoration. It’s about seeing yourself not as you or others see you… but how God sees you: As the apple of His eye, beautiful, and full of purpose.
If there is a hole in your heart that nothing else fills… that hole was made for God. Do you have a relationship with Him? Have you truly believed, and surrendered your life to the Lord Jesus Christ? Nothing else in your life matters if you don’t have this.