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Topic: Start (01/16/06)

TITLE: The Start Of Something Big
By Gwynn Turner


The little girl on the verge of being a teenager felt herself being propelled forward as the preacher-man gave the invitation. She had the vague sensation of a giant hand lying against the small of her back moving along with her, guiding her to the altar of her friend’s little church. Soon she found herself kneeling alongside of others who must have been touched by that same comforting hand.

Looking back on that moment some thirty years later, she couldn’t recall the words she spoke that night. She couldn’t remember the songs that had seemed to reverberate from the rafters, chorus after chorus of old, familiar hymns. She couldn’t remember ever visiting that little church again after that particular evening. But one thing was certain – she believed with all of her heart that it had been the start of something big.

The years between twelve and forty-three hadn’t been especially easy for her. The little girl became a teen who became a young woman who became a grown-up. Along the way she developed a drinking problem and married an alcoholic, abusive man. Two divorces and several broken commandments later, she found herself still looking for love in all the wrong places. She suffered through bouts of depression and anxiety. Yet through it all she never quite forgot that hand on the small of her back.

That hand guided her through each of the roadblocks and setbacks. She found sobriety. She found peace. She found her way back to a place where someone had been waiting for her for a very long time. Through the years He had watched and remembered and loved her – even when she felt unlovable. He had met her at that altar in that tiny little church and had refused to give up on showing her how to receive His love.

She learned that when Jesus made her His own, no amount of years or circumstances could prevent her from finding her way back to Him. With every step she had taken since she rose from that altar so many years ago, Jesus was right beside her completing what He had started that night she decided to put her trust in Him.

She was right – it was the start of something big.

“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” Philippians 1:6 (Amplified)

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Jan Ackerson 01/24/06
I absolutely loved this!
Cheryl Harrison 01/24/06
A wonderful testimony of God's tender presence in our lives. He is an ever present help in times of trouble! Thanks for sharing this.
Kirralie Smith01/26/06
Great story, well done. Thanks.
terri tiffany01/26/06
This story needs to be told as a reminder to those who were saved years ago and strayed. I just discovered my friend was saved many eyars ago and told me she never forgot the emotion and commitment even though her life has taken her in all the wrong directions since. You affirmed what I believe.
Lynda Schultz 01/27/06
Good Job and a HUGE amen! Nothing and no one can thwart the purposes of God.