She was eight years old when her older brother took her to the little church down the street from their home in a suburb of Chicago. She was a blessed little girl who had a great family; she had two dads, a mom, a sister and her brother. One Sunday morning she was following her big brother to church when he jumped over a ditch filled with water, she jumped too but she fell short of the other side and got her leotards muddy, she began to cry. He quickly took her inside of the Sunday school room where the teachers cleaned her up. That was the day she realized people in the church loved her and cared about her. Soon after that day she followed her brother again into a room she had been curious about for a while. It was the door that led to the parsonage where the Pastor’s family lived. She went with her brother and the other children on the stairs and asked Jesus into her heart and from that day forward her life changed forever. She grew and became a regular at the church along with her mom, dad, brother and sister. At the age of 12 she wanted to make sure that she was saved. She didn’t want to miss out on what God had in store for her life.
Revelation 12:10 says, …”now the salvation and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been throw down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.” This verse tells me the accuser, Satan, never stops accusing us and trying to stop us from claiming victory in Jesus. When this little girl was very young, her birth dad made her feel very special and gave her everything she ever wanted, including RC Cola and lots of chocolate. Can you imagine the trouble there was when he would bring her home after his weekend was over? She would have friends come over and spend the night with her and giggle way into the night. Something terrible had happened around the time she turned ten years old. She landed in the hospital to have surgery on her kidneys and bladder. When it came time for the stitches to come out, she didn’t want her dad in the room. This caused alarm to the other adults in her life and after this she didn’t see her dad for a very long time. She was never to speak his name or contact him in any way. She had heard that her dad was in jail for touching little girls like her. She was 18 years old before she was able to hug her dad and ask him to explain what happened. There were tears and forgiveness because he told her about the day he gave his life to Jesus. He may have been guilty as charged, but she remembers the love of her daddy and knows she will see him in heaven one day.
The little girl is me and the next verse in Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him because of the blood of the lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Jesus said in John 14:30 “I will not speak much more with you for the ruler of the world is coming and he has nothing in me.”
Thank you, Jesus for who you are and that we can trust you. What the devil meant for harm, you meant for your glory. Amen.
Written by Tracey