My last post ended with ‘to be continued’, so here I go to continue that special time I’ll never forget. Click here and catch up on what that was all about.
As I ended in my last, I finally began understanding what this ‘new heart’ thing meant! No way did I want to forget when that took place.
Yep. I had to grab that old fashion camera of mine being this occurred years before cell phones were even thought about.
How could I not want a picture of when what I consider the most important time in my life took place: the time God graciously showed me I was one of His chosen. The time Christ opened my heart to see what my sin really was, along with my true need for His forgiveness and love.
‘CLICK’ goes my camera.
You should have seen the look on Willma’s face when I said, “I can’t explain it, but it felt like Jesus was sort of talking to me. I think I’m—if I understand right—saved!” Willma and me, sisters in the Lord; what could be better?
After telling her, I couldn’t wait to tell some of those who had asked me before if I was saved.
“Forget what I said before. I’m pretty sure now I really am!”
I joyfully accepted the fact of how ignorant I was and felt a sudden hunger to learn. I hadn’t felt such peace inside since, well, forever!
As soon as I woke up that next morning, this thought instantly popped up.
What happened last night?Was it all real or did I let my emotions take over?
Those thoughts were quickly shoved aside as I felt a newness about myself instantly waking up as well. I could tell that what took place that evening before was real and how that morning was the first day of the rest of my new life.
A few hours later, as all of us campers were getting in the bus to head back home, I realized something. On my bus ride a week before, going to camp, I was filled with unclarity about religion. I had no real understanding about life, feeling rather empty inside. Real love? what’s that? But in that same bus leaving camp, I knew I was different. I wasn’t who I use to be. I was thrilled to be enlightened with what being ‘saved’ and ‘born again’ really meant. I was filled with peace, joy, contentment, and I was excited that I did find love: the love of Christ.
As we started driving away, I looked back at the campground.
Ezekiel 36:26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you — This became one of my first verses I loved.
So long, old self. So long, old heart. Farewell and good riddance. I’ve been set free, no longer who I use to be, and starting this new road ahead as a true child of God.
And I will give you a few songs that use the best words to explain it a bit more. This first one especially – So Long Self my Mercy Me.
And this one explains how, well… – You Love Me Anyway