In the Midwest Where I Live…

Hope for the Journey – By Mary Zigan

In the Midwest where I live, March, April, and May show VERY slow signs of emerging life. The warmth of the sun is our first hopeful glimmer that daylight hours are getting warmer and longer, and year after year dead life eventually emerges into the growth of new life.

In the spring of 1976, the warmth of the “Son” visited me personally with New Life.

Here is a testimonial of hope, from my book, An Upside–Down Heart:

 

Many mornings before work, I would sit on the foot stool in the living room after the kids had gone to school and Don to work, and think, “God, I don’t even know if you are real. With all the conflict we are experiencing, how can you be real? Show me if you are!”

A wonderful lady named Diane Miller from church befriended me.  She took great interest in my burdens and promised to pray for me daily. She told me about a Christian Women’s Club that was starting in my community. At her nudging, I went to the Holiday Inn, where they met, to find out what this luncheon was all about.

The woman who spoke that day was poised and dressed in an attractive white suit.  I was amazed at her freedom and wondered how she could get up and speak so freely to this roomful of about a hundred women.  I don’t even remember what she spoke about. I only recall that at the end of her talk she held out a white envelope and said to the audience, “I have a free gift here for anyone who would like to come and receive it.”

The room fell silent.  Finally someone walked to the front and took the envelope.

The speaker said, “God is offering the gift of His Son today to anyone who wants to have a personal relationship with Him.  But to receive His gift, you need to accept it.”

Feeling unworthy, as quickly as the luncheon ended, I fled out the door and returned to the safety of my car. I laid my head on the steering wheel and sobbed.

I said something like, “God, if you are real, come into my heart and take up residency.  I am a mess. Everyone around me is a mess, and if you are real, I need you!”

 I was anxious to get home to find my Bible, which I wasn’t in the habit of reading.  I had a King James Version and randomly opened it to the Psalms.  My eyes landed on (Psalm 32:8).  I couldn’t believe what I was reading, so I searched the bookcase for the Living Bible“I will instruct you (says the Lord), and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress.”

I couldn’t believe this promise was actually in the Bible, but this was good news to me!  God was promising to take me where I was, and by His resurrection power I instantly received new life.