For the son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
Sometime ago when I went into a dress shop in the city where I live, hanging from behind the desk was a photograph of two beautiful little boys. When I commented on them to the proprietor of the store, she proudly told me they were her grandsons and that their father was from Iran. As she proceeded to talk about her family, it was apparent that she dearly loved them, but was also a devoted Believer in Jesus Christ. It wasn’t long before she began to tell me an amazing story about her son-in-law, Masood, and her daughter, Tammy.
Masood came to the United States when he was only 15 years old. Even though he considered himself of the Muslim faith, he had not actually studied it and knew very little about its teachings.
Masood and Tammy met when he was in his last year of college, and later married. After a period of time, Masood and Tammy were blessed with a son, but as she held her newborn baby in her arms for the first time, the realization came to her that with her husband’s beliefs what that could mean in raising their son. She knew her husband would want their child to be raised in the Muslim tradition, but Tammy knew there was no way she could consent to that because of her own faith in Jesus Christ.
Since there was no mosque in the area, Masood attended church with his wife and son. In his way of thinking, he thought it would be better to go to church with her rather than not go at all.
After hearing the Truth preached for a number of years, Masood began to question the things he had heard. Tammy became even more determined for his salvation and prayed harder for her husband. She purchased a Koran so she could better understand what the Muslim faith was all about. Just as she suspected, there was nothing in it at all about the love of Christ.
Nine years went by and still Masood had not accepted the Lord as Savior. Tammy was becoming frustrated because she wanted her husband to be saved with all of her heart. It was at that time that Masood began to have some very disturbing dreams.
One dream Masood had was that he could see himself walking in a desert. As he walked along he came upon the back side of three crosses. He strained to look around to see who could be hanging there, but was unable to get a glimpse, and then he awoke. He pondered many times about the dream and what it all meant.
Another disturbing dream was that Masood could feel himself actually flying over the top of his wife’s church. As he peered down from the air, it appeared that the church had no roof. From the church below, he could hear the happy voices of people rejoicing, shouting, singing and praising God.
All of sudden Masood was whisked away and could feel himself flying over a mosque. Just as before, there appeared to be no roof. This time, as he looked downward, all he could see was an open black pit with nothing but darkness. At that time, Masood began to feel himself being pulled downward into the pit. As Masood sank deeper he found that there was no escaping the force that pulled him more and more downward. After struggling for sometime, to his relief, he woke up. As Masood was having this terrible nightmare, Tammy was fast asleep totally unaware of her husband’s experience.
That morning as Masood prepared for work, he was visibly shaken. After he revealed his dream to his wife, Tammy told him that he needed to pray the prayer of salvation because God had been trying to reveal something to him. Masood told her that he had already prayed that prayer. Of course, Tammy was elated and thankful, but Masood was so fearful over his dream that he went out the door for work with a Bible tucked under his arm.
Tammy called her pastor to let him know what had transpired with Masood and about his salvation. At the invitation in the next service, Masood made his way to the front as an outward sign of his new commitment to Christ. You could hear gasps from the parishioners as Masood made his way forward.
Afterwards, the pastor asked if anyone in the congregation had uttered a prayer for Masood over the years and hands went up from all over the congregation. It was confirmation of their love for him.
One thing that affected Masood over the years was the fact that a woman from their parish never failed to send cards letting him know that Jesus loved him. There were many occasions when she would go out-of-town, she sent cards of hope, love and inspiration, never pounding the Bible over his head or using scare tactics to change his beliefs. Masood saw Jesus in her.
Today, Masood is a strong Christian and for that we can give God all the praise. We can also see how God was faithful in answering the prayers of a young wife who wasn’t willing to give up on her husband’s salvation. Of course, we can’t forget those who continued to pray for Masood over the years and believe that God could do a miracle.
The angels in heaven rejoiced when Masood said the prayer of salvation, but everyone who has ever experienced their newfound faith in Jesus Christ has been able to sing the joyful song, “Jesus saves! Jesus saves!”
Father, thank You for the saving grace of Jesus Christ that cleanses from all sin and unrighteousness. Thank You for the Truth found in Your Word and how the Truth will set us free. No matter if we’re walking in error, You always come to rescue us from all wrong thinking and teachings. Be honored today, O God! Be praised dear Father! We honor and give You praise this very day for what You’ve done for every person ever born. Thank You for having that much love for us. Amen.