Mechelle Wilson Tuesday, April 13
Who Led You to the Lord?
Focus: “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8
When I ask myself who led me to the Lord, I can’t think of just one person. Many have led me along the way in my journey with the Lord. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know about Him. My parents shared Jesus with me and read Bible stories to me from the time I was born, so they obviously played a huge part in my love for Him and His Word. My salvation experience occurred around the fourth or fifth grade in Vacation Bible School. I wish I could pinpoint the date, but I can’t. It just happened. It was not some big earth shattering experience. It was a very natural moment. The message God placed in the hearts and mouths of Brother Byrd, Mrs. Rita and her teenage assistant, Kathie, stirred something in my heart that summer that made me want to invite Jesus into my heart forever more. It might not have been earth shattering, but it was definitely life changing. It was the best and most important decision I ever made. I committed my life to Jesus! In that moment, I was given the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life. With Him before me, I shall not be shaken. I might stumble, but His right hand is always there to steady me. I might grumble, complain and question, but He is always there to convict my heart and teach me and remind me in the way I should go. I might stray from the path He set before me, but He has always been faithful to place someone in my path to point me back towards Him. My grandparents, my husband, my in-laws, preachers, teachers, friends, my children, family members, and countless others have played a part in my walk with Jesus, but one dear friend stands out.
Mrs. Glenda crossed my path much later in my journey when we served together at our local Women’s Resource Center. At age 84, she had an intimacy with the Lord I knew I wanted. She had a depth of love for Christ I desperately desired. She didn’t just read and study His Word. She lived and breathed His Word but not in a flashy, preachy way. She was as down to earth and genuine as anyone I ever met and always hungry to learn more about her precious Lord and Savior. She was faithful to serve and seldom complained. She told me once God had really convicted her as she complained about the weather that day. She said it hit her like a ton of bricks that when she complained about the weather she was telling God He didn’t know what He was doing, and she didn’t want to do that. She always showed up with a smile on her face and joy in her heart that was contagious to anyone in her path. She was truly beautiful from the inside out. Life had not been easy for her, but she lived her life devoted to the Lord. She had experienced divorce. Her beloved daughter went home to the Lord way too early. She suffered illness and much more throughout her life; but she always, always, always kept the Lord before her. Because He was at her right hand, she was not shaken. She told me once, “I just tell myself, ‘Glenda, you can choose to let this get you down and live a miserable life or you can choose to remember all the good times the Lord has blessed you with and live life joyfully.’” She chose to focus on the blessings and live joyfully no matter what the weather or life dealt her. She trusted her sovereign Lord with all her heart and soul. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly, but Christ had become her dearest love, and her love for Him spilled over into the world around her. Her light was bright, and it definitely enlightened my life. We had many conversations about Heaven and what life in eternity would look like. She now knows as she is in all her glory... she has seen Jesus face to face and heard, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Not a day goes by that something she said or did doesn’t still enlighten me. I can only pray my light will shine even half as brightly as hers.
I praise God for that day in VBS when I made the decision to follow Jesus. I am thankful for those people who led me to make that decision, and I am also thankful for those who have been there throughout my walk with Him. When life has thrown curve balls that caused my faith and my commitment to Christ to grow weary or when I’ve carelessly veered off His path with my own plans and goals, He has been faithful to place someone in my path to lead me back to Him. With their lights shining into my life, I continue to set the Lord before me. Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. I hope there will always be someone leading me to the Lord and that I am leading others to Him as well.
Further Reading: John 3:16; Deuteronomy 6:5-9; Deuteronomy 11:19; Proverbs 22:6; 1 Timothy 4:10-11; John 14:26; Matthew 5:15-16; Matthew 22:37; Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 25:23
Prayer: Dear God, Thank You for the people You have placed in my life to lead me to You. Thank You for my parents who started me out with a firm foundation and for all those who have built upon and will continue to build upon that foundation. Thank You for crossing my path with Mrs. Glenda’s. I pray that every sister reading this has a Mrs. Glenda who ignites her passion for You. I pray that our passion for You will shine so brightly into the lives of others that it will ignite a passion for You in their heart that causes them to want to follow You. In Jesus name, Amen