One cloudy day when I was 11 years old, I was in my friend’s garage listening to a group of neighborhood boys arguing. I sat with my back to them, and had ignored the commotion at first. But the subject of their debate soon caught my attention.
It seemed to be five or six of them, including two of my own brothers, against this older guy who was about 12. They were discussing where the world came from, and of course my brothers and their friends held the position that God had created everything. But the older boy laughed and made fun of them. He insisted the world came from an egg.
(Quick question: where did the egg come from? 😂)
I don’t remember all the back and forth but I remember him scornfully saying that God was just a big joke, and I couldn’t let that go. I couldn’t take his attitude anymore.
I think I was sitting in an office chair.
Because I specifically remember spinning around suddenly and saying,
“God is NOT a joke.”
It was almost like it wasn’t ME who did it. Are you kidding? I was sooo shy. I hated attention. Instead it felt like something…or someONE…inside had taken over. I knew then, and am no less certain today, that it was the Holy Spirit.
Later, I wrote in my journal,
“[Insert boy’s name] thinks the world is evolved from an egg. He thinks God is just a big joke. Everyone else believes God created the world and everything in it. But [he] just said we made no sense. I tried. All I have left to remember is the power and courage that flooded over me because I KNOW the truth and I stood up for it. But sadly, it didn’t convince [him].
Those are the very words I wrote on the same day it happened. Though the details might now be faded in my mind, the boldness that suddenly came over me then and there left a change inside. Things were never quite the same. It’s like in that moment I identified myself with Jesus Christ, and I knew from there on out it was the path I’d chosen to take.
In the end, we all have to make that decision. Either you are for God or you are against Him, so if you are for Him, take it all the way.
“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.”
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