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Topic: FAMILY (01/21/16)
- TITLE: I left It All Behind
By LaVonne Wood
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I wiped the tears from my face as I waited to hear Mom’s persuasive comments.
“Honey you know we just want what is best for you. This cult just wants your money and we can’t let them get our land and all our possessions as well. Your aunt said she would pay your way to any other regular college. Please think about it.”
“It is not a cult, Mom. They don’t want your land and money. It’s a Christian college. You can’t talk me out of going to this school. I’m leaving tomorrow.”
I closed the door to my room in hopes of being left alone for a while. “Oh Lord, am I doing the right thing? I was so sure you wanted this for me. I never intended to hurt my parents like this. I know they don’t understand because they don’t know you. Please show me that I am in your will Lord.”
My hands were shaky as I turned the pages of my bible. I needed some kind of reassurance from God and as always, I looked for answers in his Word. The stress of the last few weeks as I prepared for college, while fighting the objections from my family, left me questioning the decision I was so sure about when I started. How could being in God’s perfect plan cause this much turmoil?
“There it is, the scripture I need!” Think not that I am come to send peace on earth, I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father and the daughter against her mother and the daughter-in-low against her mother-in-law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me… Matthew 10:34-37(KJV).
A peace came over me that I had never felt before. I knew that I knew God was leading me into a new life of serving him. It would not be easy leaving the only family I had known, but I was part of a new family now, the family of God, a family devoted to Christ and his mission to save the lost. My family has disowned me and taken me out of my inheritance. I don’t care. I will leave it all behind to serve my God.
I drove as far as my sister’s house the next day. There I picked up some supplies that the women from my church had given me. I was glad that my sister recently gave her life to Christ as well and now backed me up with prayer and support. I spent the next four years in a Christian college learning as much as I could about Jesus and his word.
Even though my Dad said I was not welcome at home anymore, I continued to return for visits once things settled down. I am still praying for all my family to give their lives to Jesus so we all can be part of this wonderful family of God.
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