I have many regrets that have haunted me my whole life. One of the deepest tragedies that has scarred me was I watching my dear childhood friend drown to his death.
We were fooling around a muddy pond, and feel in. Because I was not a good swimmer myself, I was fighting to stay afloat. When I got to the shore, my brothers and I called to him, ” Keep swimming and grab that log!” The log sank.
We tried to get him to stretch out his hand, so I could grab him, but it was not enough—his hand was just 3 inches away from mine! He tried to grab onto me, but he was too tired fighting to stay afloat. He was not able to reach my hand. We stood on the shore and watched him sink to his death. Every night I pray for God to give me the grace to live a good life in his honor.
I was ridden with guilt and pain for not only the death of my friend, but for the choices that I had made in my life. I was only 15 when I asked Jesus into my heart, but I knew what I was doing and what I needed. I needed God to heal my broken heart. Nothing else seemed to work.
When I said the salvation prayer, and asked Jesus to wash me clean of all my sin, at that moment my heavy, guilty heart was lifted up. I felt like I was as light as a butterfly. I felt free like a dove.
Now, whenever I am hurting, I go to the source of all my healing—God Himself. He has always been there to comfort and heal my pain.
Life is filled with pain, but there is a God called “The Great Physician” and His name is Yahweh, and Jesus is His Son.
“Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves therof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired heaven. Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Ps. 107:28-30
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