Wednesday, October 3, 2018

“Hide and Seek” the Word — Part 2

My mother sat at the piano playing the children’s chorus while she and the 6 year old me sang along.

Gone, gone, gone, gone,
Yes, my sins are gone.
Now my soul is free and in my heart’s a song.
Buried in the deepest sea,
Yes, that’s good enough for me.
I shall live eternally,
Praise God!
My sins are G-O-N-E

When we finished the song, I said, “I wish I could really say that.”

How did I know my sins were not gone? I had memorized Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” I knew I hadn’t believed on Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of my sins.

Not long after that my best friend got saved. The following Sunday Our Sunday school teacher told us about my friend and asked, “How many of you are saved?” Everyone raised their hand.I don’t know if I raised my hand or not, but the teacher went on with the lesson, but I kept thinking.”If Jesus came back right now, I would be the only one left at this table.” The thought immediately following that was, “But I don’t have be left; Jesus died for me!” I believed and I was saved. How did I know I was saved? One of the verses I knew was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

Almost from the time I was saved I wanted to be a missionary, a strange thought for a timid little girl. Why on earth would I want to do that? There were, several reasons: 
  • My parents were supporters of missionaries in their prayers, with their home, and through their pocketbooks.
  • Because of this I knew and talked to many missionaries and had heard their stories.
  • And again, one of the verses I knew told me to do this, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.”

When I was old enough, I started making decisions to help me be a missionary. I took French as my elective in high school because I knew I needed to learn another language eventually. I got involved in being a student leader in my youth group. I worked in the girls club at our church. I spent my summers counseling at camp or on missions teams. But I started to wonder what I should study to help me in my future work as a missionary: education? Nursing? Music? God brought to my mind Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”

That verse gave me peace. God eventually showed me that my interests led me toward a degree in Communications, which would always be helpful in almost any path I took, and also in being a missionary. As a confirmation, I had applied to finish college in a city 1000 miles away. A certain young man had also applied to another college in that city, although we weren’t aware of this “coincidence” at the time, in fact, we weren’t even aware of each other until after that. I remember excitedly going to the camera shop where he worked, letter of acceptance in hand, to tell him we would be in the same city! It was during that year, we got engaged.

I can’t promise you that if you hide a few verses in your heart that you will know God’s will for your life or give you a life partner, but God will definitely lead you as you seek to make His Word a part of your life. 

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
The unfolding of Your word gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:105, 130

Here are your conversation starters for your dinner table tonight to move toward getting your family to start memorizing scripture: 

What is one of your favorite verses?

Do you have a life verse?

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