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Friday, January 2, 2015

A Brand-New Start

Slamming the trunk on my just-washed metallic-brown Chrysler Newport sounded the final note of change in my life. The big, red jump box that contained the basics for every imaginable roadside medical crisis had been retained but the remainder of my Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance training equipment had been squirreled away in my parents’ basement—just in case this new job didn’t work out.

Ten-hours a day spent transcribing medical records doctors dictated while eating their lunch in tiny cubicles all over the hospital would never, ever again occupy my afternoon and evening hours. However, I figured I still had enough adrenaline left to hop inside an ambulance with a rookie should I need the fall back employment.

Hospital Administrator? Had a nice sound to it, but what in the world did I know about running a hospital in a farming/ranching community? Well, as I confidently declared to the Board who interviewed me, “I’m a hard-worker and fast-learner; you won’t regret hiring me.” Now, as I leaned forward to turn the key in the ignition, I prayed I wouldn’t regret they hired me either.

The return to prayer had been one of the best changes in my life. Nearly seven months of backsliding had left my soul so empty. The “fast life” of bar hopping with my non-Christian friends really had nothing to offer a twenty-something who had once tasted the goodness of the Lord. How marvelous that the Lord never gave up on me; I eagerly looked forward to the rest of my life—this time living it only for Jesus.

Pulling away from the curb, I steered my boat of a car towards the interstate and a brand-new start.

The Scripture says that God is married to the backslider. How grateful I am that He is! Be assured, dear Reader, it’s really never too late; the Lord is always waiting for your call, asking Him to forgive you and help you start again.

From the Old Testament:

Jeremiah 3:14 (KJV) "'Return, O backsliding children,' says the Lord; 'for I am married to you.”

Hosea 14:4 (NIV) “The Lord says; "I will heal their waywardness [backsliding], I will love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them."

From the New Testament:

Luke 15 tells the more familiar story of the prodigal son. The father stands, watching daily for his son to return home.

It’s never too late!

Do you have a “new start” story to share? I find genuine encouragement in hearing what God has done for others.

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