I was lonely, it was dark, and I was consumed with sin. I knew what I had been doing for the last few years was wrong but because my relationship with Jesus Christ was not strong, so when I was tempted I was weak. I allowed myself to be tempted. I made choices that put me out of God’s plan, willingly. I was the one that was in control of my life because I thought I knew what was best for me.
So here I found myself convicted yet another time but this time was different. For the first time in a long time, I allowed God to move into my life and my heart and take control. As a 17-year-old girl who knew right from wrong and had given her heart to Jesus at the young age of 7, I found myself that night alone with nowhere to turn, except to God. Confessing all my sins and asking for forgiveness, I rededicated my life and found Redemption with Jesus Christ that night.
I had a new passion, a new fire, a new desire to do what was right and to do what God was asking me to do. I was confident and had peace that now God was in control and knowing that if I sought Him and His will for me that now my life would be full of joy, not confusion or sadness. I knew the areas in my life where I was tempted and where I had made my wrong choices, so with the help of the Holy Spirit, I was able to make choices that I knew were pleasing to God, even when it was hard.
I still made mistakes, but I knew this time I was being carried in God’s arms. He promises in Hebrews 13:5 that he will never leave us nor forsake us. The choice I made that night has carried me into my adult life. My relationship grows daily with my Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I’m now able to stand strong in my relationship with God and teach my family about His love and His forgiveness and His Redemption.
Written by: Jessica Brohman