One Nation Returning to God

Matt - Gainesville, Florida
Entered on November 2, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

“One Nation Returning to God”

I was and am always a jumper. Jump to conclusions, jump onto something new, plowing over every possible task in my way…never Christianity. Until “recently”, I just never got it. Now, I can see, this country needs a revival! God has let us go because of our rebelliousness. “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

As I grew, however, the enthusiasm grew in other areas, like tennis or art and violin and began to pass in others, like video games or inventing, until there was nothing left but a cycling being of pass and go, stop and start. Today, I stand as a shell of what I started before my breaking point…only recently I was able to grasp the task of being a Christian, not letting it be just another knock on the wood, another hobby. It hit me like the offer of an allowance from my parents to start learning about the big world, at an early age, to see the big picture. That is, the bigger picture, from the ordinary restaurant high chair, only, a humble Christian occupies it. Just like that, my dad asked me so casually about getting baptized, and I respond, “Dad, you’re rushing things.” Both questions were on a Sunday…

Little did I know, God’s destiny had it all in for me in the near future. It was one day I was walking along, and God was tugging really hard now, in every area. I began to give serious consideration, but then I hit a depression. I was depressed and pretty much out of things for about a month, but it seemed like forever. In that time, I had many opportunities. Yes, on that low level, there are lots of opportunities, which just pass by because I was depressed. I soon started off on a journey, doing lots of things, blindly plodding the ground around for the right cure. Then, I began to read my bible, and other such God-pleasing deeds, and the burden suddenly began to lift, ever so gradually, and I saw light once more. I am grateful to this day… Praise ye the one, only, sovereign, and almighty God in heaven that exists for the second chance of the common man, such as me!

The reason I was depressed was because I was shunning God and sinning. Sin, I must confess, feels much better than God, but it’s just instantaneous. As I began to come back to God, unknowingly, I also found myself being tempted less. Right then and there, God opened my eyes up so wide, I saw everything in his light, the light of truth. This country needs a serious revival, and this, I believe!