Friday, June 29, 2012
Saving the Wretch
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch
I once was lost
but now am found
was blind but now
I was listening to today's Live the Promise and, to my delight, Susie had on as her guest Nicole Serrano, my favorite Christian singer as of late. I downloaded her online album a while ago and have loved her songwriting skills and vocal capacity. I loved hearing her sing requests and she did a gorgeous rendition of Amazing Grace.
I thought back to when that song first hit me hard and realized it was way before I ever thought about being a Christian.
I remember my Gramma's funeral - I was 15 years old and completely unraveled at the loss of her - and this song came on...and why did I become so disheveled during this song, in particular? Gramma didn't love it in any special way. I tried to recall why the song touched me to the point of needing to excuse myself from the company of my family in the middle of the service, but I couldn't remember anything.
It was at the age of 15 that the tide of my life took a serious turn for the worse.
I wonder if God did not try to take hold of me right there. Chubby, awkward 15 year old on the bathroom stall floor sobbing her eyes out. What could God have been saying to me?
He knew. He knew what I would do, who I would become. Perhaps He called out to me. But I was too blind, too deaf.
Two years later, He gifted me with a devoted Christian girlfriend, Annie, who colored my world with beautiful faith hues of light blue and pew-wood-brown.
Still, I did not latch on. I chose to continue on my dark path.
I was a wretch over and over again as I turned 18, 20, 22, and on up.
I fouled up time and time again. I hurt people. I was a lost soul, grappling for meaning in this life.
But God is amazing and God is full of grace.
And I received His amazing grace on November 6, 2010, at the bottom of my life where the mire and the muck lived. The place where there isn't even any sludge to scrape up anymore. Below that point.
God lifted me up and showed me how amazing grace could be.
And now, even though I often feel lost these days, I know I am not a lost soul any longer. I have found my Purpose, my Meaning.
No longer blind and no longer deaf, I see the world in multi-color-view with rainbow hues.
When I was 15 and heard Amazing Grace, I felt nothing but grief and shame.
Now I feel nothing but gratitude.