God speaks to us from the Bible 

Claire Pyle - God kept me seeking until I found Him

As a family we didn’t go to church, but when my mum was a child she attended the Sunday school at Spring Road Evangelical Church. One day she bumped into an old friend from the church, who asked if my mum would like us to go to Sunday school. Even though I was not a Christian, I loved being with the Christians at Spring Road. My Sunday school and the young people’s group leaders were such examples to me.

When I was fifteen I kept having knee ache in both knees, and so I was referred to the hospital to see if they could find out the problem. Then a relative was diagnosed with cancer in her knee, which she eventually died of. I was really scared. I knew that I was not right with God. I was sure that if I was to die, I would not be with the Lord and would go to Hell. It was then that I started to seek him. The Bible says: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

And so I started reading the Bible regularly and praying to the Lord, but I still didn’t feel I had become a Christian. After a while I started to feel fed up and became quite despondent but one night I read Hebrews 6:10-12:

“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

The last part of verse 12 spoke to me: I had become sluggish in my seeking of God. It made me ashamed that I was so ready to give up. It was not long after this I was lying in bed. I knew I was a sinner and that I needed to be forgiven. I knew that God had sent his only Son Jesus to die on the cross so that my sins could be forgiven. I felt humbled that even whilst dying that terrible death on the cross Jesus uttered those words: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” It was then that I truly prayed to God for His forgiveness.

A few days later I had an appointment with a hip specialist and was diagnosed with a hip condition called hip displasia it meant that I needed a hip operation, so it wasn’t anything too dreadful after all. Looking back, I’m sure God’s timing was perfect because, not knowing what was wrong with me, God kept me seeking until I found him and became a Christian.

The Christian walk for me has not been easy as there have been many ups and downs. However, over the years I have learnt so much about the Lord Jesus Christ. More recently I’ve been able to appreciate how I was chosen before time began, to be one of the Lords people.

“My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. And in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” Psalm139:15-16

A verse which I hold very dear is, “Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God shall be with you whithersoever thou goest”. I have been taught during my life that this promise from God is true, and yet just like the Israelites, I still find at times that I can doubt that he is faithful, and look to my own strength to solve life’s problems. But I have learnt in so many ways that I can trust him and that what ever happens in my life, He is faithful.

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