After the day I gave my life to the Lord, I was on an emotional high like no other ever before. I truly felt like a new person.
When I went to work the following week, I interacted with my co-workers with happiness and joy. When I banged my knee on a shelf in the core, the words that normally would have escaped my mouth seemed to be held back in my throat by an invisible hand. I found myself astonished by something new each day that passed.
Three weeks after I gave my life to the Lord, I got to the end of the bottle of rum in the fridge. I had been getting drunk everyday for 5 long years. I had used alcohol as artificial happiness, knowing full well it is actually a depressant, wanting to quit for 2 years, yet not able to stop because the thought of stopping filled me with panic. But I didn’t want to be drunk anymore. So that night I prayed for God to give me the strength to drive by the liquor store, to help me just breathe, to occupy my mind with anything else. Because I knew if I could get through that night, I would be free from the addiction. God answered my prayer. The next day I felt like a new person again!
Great things just kept coming. I was focused like never before. I immediately got involved in church classes about faith. I dove into reading the Word, absorbing it like those old flat sponges they used to sell, when you added water they would spring up into full fledged sponginess.
Transformation through renewing my mind was in full force. I was so optimistic that it was going to be smooth sailing forevermore. Haha! I think my delusions were the merciful kindness the Lord shows to a newly returned lost sheep.
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