God met me at the library. Twenty-three years old, newly married and out of work, I scanned the shelves for redecorating books. I wanted something, anything, to turn my two-bedroom apartment into a home. Someplace cozy for my husband, Laces (our shy beige kitty) and me. God had another idea. A better idea.
Cradling several books, I stepped toward the 200s feeling jittery like a high school kid on Red Bull.
Weird. Why am I here?
Flanked by books on religion, I slid out Basic Christianity by John Stott. Simple, direct, basic like the title said. So basic I felt stupid. I looked left, right. No one near me. Good. I stuck it back and grabbed a fat book. An important book. That’s better.
I scanned several pages. Groan.
Back to Basic Christianity and my spirit quickened. A new problem: What would the check-out clerk think? Seriously, BASIC Christianity. She’ll think I’m stupid.
Today, as I look back, I know this moment was holy. God faced the evil one on my behalf. Would God win? Or my foolish pride? The serpent appealed to Eve’s ambition to be like God, would I bow down to pride, fear, self-importance?
You know who won. God. He guided me from the checkout (the clerk didn’t bat an eye) to my little apartment, where I devoured the simple book and invited Jesus to make his home in me. I sensed God’s Spirit in me. A peace and joy I cannot describe replaced my restlessness. When my husband came home, I hugged him big and said, “Guess what I did today, honey?”
Later, I asked to borrow his Bible, a soft cover New Testament that I read over and over and over. God knew I loved books.
So he gave me his very best. Thank you, Jesus.
~ I believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
~ I believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
~ I believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
~ I believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
~ I believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
~ I believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, that they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
~ I believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus.