My guest blogger, Meghan, feels more like a daughter than a friend. Her life story and her personal growth in Christ over the past few years has been a huge inspiration to me. If you know her personally, you have already been blessed by her infectious joy overflowing this past year! I hope you are able to glean something from her heartfelt words today:
“Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” John 4:29
This picture was in Greece at ancient ruins! I am sitting beside a well; I couldn’t help but have a Kodak moment here because I was thinking about the woman who Jesus talked to at the well! That bible story is such a beautiful description of the truth of how Jesus knows EVERYTHING about us yet speaks no condemnation! He rather leads us to life and truly sets us free (John 3:17)! I identify with the woman Jesus talked with at the well! She wondered why He would even talk to her in the beginning, but then ran to tell others about this Man who knew everything about her!! My heart can’t help but speak His praise… let me tell you why!
I grew up in church from the time I was about three months old! I knew about Jesus, what He did on the cross and I was in church every Sunday! I grew up around people who loved me well and when I was 13 I was radically saved! I did not recite a prayer but instead had an intense conversation with my mom one night where she challenged me with truth and I woke up the next morning completely transformed; from that day forward my life was never the same! I then had a burning desire to learn and grow and know more and just be a part of anything possible I could at my church!
When I was 17 I started to experience anxiety and depression. I had never really been taught much about either so I thought I was going crazy! From 17 to 20 it was then a downward spiral! I struggled with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, I had stopped seeking God and was pretty sure that He was furious with me. I lived under a continual thick cloud of condemnation and guilt, and at this point did not believe that I was a Christian anymore. During this time period in my life I got into an unhealthy situation that I just seemed to “sense” God was going to cut off. You see this was the only thing holding me back from going to a church to talk to someone and get help! Then not too long after having that “sense”, the situation was divinely cut off and I threw up my white flag of surrender saying, “Ok God, I will go to church!” I walked into The Lighthouse Church and what happened from then is nothing short of a domino effect of miracle after miracle after miracle!
When I would come into church my anxiety seemed to just float away. It was incredible-I never wanted to leave! To sum up the next few years I began to see Christian counselors and this is where Jesus became REAL to me! For years I had unknowingly buried things inside of me I thought I couldn’t talk about. Slowly through the help of incredible counselors I began to share and Jesus met me each and every time. He touched my heart with His comfort, healing and truth in ways I never dreamed possible. It is truly through my brokenness that I have come to know Jesus intimately! It was in the places that I shared my pain, my failures, my mistakes and questions and was met by Jesus did I start to understand how it says in Isaiah 61 that He came to bind up the broken hearted! It was as I poured out my heart to someone Jesus used that person to teach me about His lovingkindness, and what grace and mercy truly meant!
Today I am 24, a missionary and described as a woman of JOY! I still need counsel sometimes but I am not that same woman I just told you about. I have been TRANSFORMED by this man that knows everything about me! So like the woman at the well said, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” I invite you to come see this Man too! He has changed my life and yes, indeed, He IS the Christ!
“Jesus, King of the earth
Let the heavens proclaim your worth
The one true God defeated the grave
We join with angels to sing your praise”
(Bryan & Katie Torwalt)