A blog post written by Donna Mitchell for Maranatha News
March 18, 2013
I remember the most significant turning point in my life like it was just yesterday. I truly had come to the end of myself. I had searched for love in all the wrong places and had found rejection, confusion, loneliness and heartache. I had just returned from a 2 week vacation in paradise and realized I couldn’t buy peace.
A friend presented me with a challenge. She explained to me that from her perspective – I believed in Jesus Christ, but I had never really given Him my whole heart. She said, “Why don’t you try following Jesus – His way – 100% for 3 weeks and see what happens. You can always return to this way of life.”
I felt like I was on the edge of a cliff with nowhere to go but to take the leap of faith. Finally, I was ready to take a risk. There was overwhelming hurt in my life– I was ready to risk change.
Jesus used that 3-week challenge to completely change my life. I surrendered 100% for a complete spiritual renovation. I asked Jesus to be my Lord and I meant it. Where else could I go? He had the words of eternal life! That challenge led into an adventure of following Jesus that continually and perpetually – 29 years later!
The leaps of faith have continued also. Last week, the Lord spoke to me about bringing further transformation into my life. His message is the same as the beginning of my journey…Isaiah 55:1-9…
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.” Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:1-9 NIV)
Come…Listen, listen to Me…come to Me; listen, that you may live…seek the Lord…forsake your ways…forsake your thoughts…”For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.”
Do you need to come to Him again? Is it time to forsake your way of thinking or doing things? Think about who is asking you to follow! What an adventure when we are willing to say yes – at every turn!