Susan’s story

Susan’s story

I wanted to make a difference for good in the world and also to marry and have children. I believed that a good education and a loving and trusted relationship were my best foundation for such a life.

‘Searching for a strong foundation’

I wanted to make a difference for good in the world and also to marry and have children. I believed that a good education and a loving and trusted relationship were my best foundation for such a life. At college, I became an intermediary during a period of student riots. Working with the students and the administrators, I became very disillusioned. I saw deception, cheating, and manipulation on both sides. I realized that a top education wasn’t the answer. It couldn’t fill my longing to make a difference in the world. I also thought I had found someone I could trust and love and who loved me. We even began a small business together. That relationship unravelled because of his unfaithfulness. I realized I could not trust this person as my life foundation. A friend told me that I could have a personal relationship with God, who loved me unconditionally and had a purpose for my life. She said that when we are out of touch with God – because of our lack of interest, or the hurtful things we have done to ourselves or others, or because we are upset with or disappointed in God – He still provides a way to know Him. She said that God sent Jesus to provide the way to Him. She explained that this was not a religion of rules, but an intimate relationship with God that would continue for the rest of my life and beyond. I realized I wanted this relationship with God, and I wanted Him to be my life foundation. I said to God, “If you are real and Jesus can come into my life and forgive me for my indifference to you and all the hurtful things I have done, and make me the person I was created to be, then I accept what Jesus has done for me and I want Him in my life.” I began to know God and to experience the peace He gives, even in deeply challenging circumstances. In my relationship with Him I have found direction and meaning in life and a solid life foundation. He meets my longings in so many creative ways. The peace I had then has continued to be with me. God promises that He will never leave me or abandon me. This verse from the Bible encourages me: “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” (John 10:10b)

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