How I Came To Know Jesus

Heavenly Love On An Earthly Plane

In 1979, like the woman who touched the garment of Jesus as witnessed by Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, and Luke 8:43-48, my mother in her 40’s, who had a hysterectomy in her 30’s, began to experience bleeding that did not stop.  Over three months had  passed, and the doctors and specialist she saw were puzzled because they could not figure out the root cause.

She worked at the Federal Business Development Bank in Toronto and a dear Jamaican lady named, Edris, who also worked there, sensed she was not well and persuaded her to attend a Prayer meeting.  My younger sister, Jennifer, and I were anxiously wondering where Mum was, when she walked in around 10pm and smiling told us, ‘Don’t worry girls, God has healed me”.  That was a jaw dropper because the existence of God was not even remotely in my life view at that time.

No one there knew what she was suffering but when the Pastor stood up and began to pray for people, she had gone up and felt a kind of energy flow through her body as he prayed for her, and she wept as her heart broke before God. Four days later, her symptoms stopped and her specialist, who had booked a surgical procedure to examine her symptoms further, cancelled the surgery and proclaimed that he could not explain how she had got well.  That was the moment when the reality of God?? became a very big question in my mind.

I had grown up in a country where Buddhism was the key religion and I was familiar with Buddha and Christianity  but I was not familiar with the Hindu holy book or Koran.  I read an abbreviated English version of both and then began to read a little New Testament Bible that Edris had gifted my mother on December 25th of that year from cover to cover.  My heart opened to Jesus, as I saw how he so willingly took upon himself the punishment for our sins and my heart was gripped by words like:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16, 17 NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7 NIV)

I also saw how Jesus not only spoke words but he proved who he was through miraculous actions that were witnessed by many people.  After much thought and contemplation, I gave my heart to Jesus in October 1980 when a call to repentance was made in a church my mother, sister and I had started attending ~ a decision I have never regretted.

In closing, I do not know why God chose to heal my Mum but this I do know, that the ways of God are higher than the ways of man and God can do more than we can ask or imagine according to His divine will I now have a heavenly Father who embraces my life and leads me through life’s ups and downs with a joy and unshakeable faith that only comes when one surrenders completely to Him.

Suspend your unbelief and begin a journey that you too will never regret.  Instead of listening to others, read the words of those who were actual witnesses and wrote what Jesus said and did for yourself in a New Testament Bible. We live in a world plagued by illness, wars, economic downturns, high unemployment and “false prophets” of Christianity and other religions.  SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND!

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)

 

Elizabeth Ellis

One thought on “How I Came To Know Jesus”

  1. Thank you for sharing this story. God works in magnificent ways. Thanks for encouraging others to offer their thoughts and conetmplations to the things of God.

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