From time to time at PurposeCity we share testimonies as an opportunity to see God at work in the lives of His people. I’d like to share with you a testimony from someone that recently wrote in. It’s a great example of what it looks like to surrender your life, turning it over to God’s control:
I am nineteen years old and currently a freshman at Albright College. Originally my plan was to attend Liberty University, so that I could be surrounded by a bunch of Godly people and stick within my comfortable Christian surroundings. However, one night, I remember praying to God saying, “Father, do with me what You will. Whether that means you want me to attend Liberty University, or even if it means to move to the other side of the world, I am willing. Help me to bless others, Lord, and ultimately bring glory to your name.”
With that being said, God had other plans for me. I declined my opportunity to go to Liberty and accepted an offer from Albright College. I felt that God was calling me there, but I was not sure why and, honestly, my flesh did not want to go because this was not MY plan. I’ve since learned, as God continues to show me each and every day, that I can have plans from A-Z, but never will my plan be better than His. I am going on my fifth week here and I in all honesty, it has been one of the hardest times of my life. Attending a secular college is a challenge in and of itself for me – however, pairing that with losing my best friend to suicide the second week I was here has made the whole college experience less than exciting. However, what is exiting is how God holds it all together. You see, I have been able to minister to many friends, students, and faculty about God and what it means to have a relationship with Him. I didn’t have to do anything special; I just shared my personal testimony as I am today.
My purpose in this testimony is not to brag or boast about my experience here at Albright. I am writing to tell you all about my experience because it has led me to want more. I believe wholeheartedly that when God is working through you, He gives you that passion to pursue Him deeper. He has given me the story that He has because He wants me to share it with others and show all God has brought me through. He wants me to show people that there is a better way to live than in the darkness. He wants me to show people that there is still hope.
While I won’t use her name, she offers us the opportunity to see not only what it looks like to surrender your own will over to God, but she gives us an incredible example of how He transforms you as He uses you to transform others. It takes a lot of courage to do what this young girl did – my prayer is that we might all be so willing to be used and we all might be open to God transforming us in the process.