You could say I was an ordinary textbook case. I came to Christ at 9 years old in my Sunday school class. I grew up learning the contents of the Bible, which was very important. But I never understood the application. I could tell you the who and the where and what happened in the Bible, but I never knew what I was supposed to do with it.
As I went off to university, I ignored God. I just found Him inconvenient as I tried to adjust to adulting and university life. I was quickly married and finished my degree and had my first baby. She was born very ill and was quickly whisked 75 miles away to a children’s hospital. This is where God grabbed me and held me. He reminded me of my need for Him and His Presence in my daily life. He restored my daughter to complete health, praise Him! 27 years later I still call her my miracle baby. She has 2 amazing brothers also.
He then stepped in and gave me an opportunity to commune with Him more fully in His Word through Bible Study Fellowship. This completely changed the way I look at scripture and my reliance on His Word has grown year by year ever since. The applications of the Bible never end, and meet us hour by hour! God also used BSF to draw my husband to Himself.
In consequent years I have been a willing participant for carrying the suitcase of Bibles into a hostile country (what a day!) And I’ve witnessed to my anesthesiologist before surgery in a different foreign country after breaking my ankle in three places on a mission trip. Now I have the privilege of receiving His assignments for my neighbors and being His ambassador at the local market days.
I believe this is the ordinary life of a child of God. Not because it’s common, but because we should expect it to be eventful, rich and abundant no matter where we are or who we are.
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:9-10