Encounter with whom?
Many many years ago, yes definitely many years ago because I am 51 years old now. It was the point in my life that tears were my companion every day because of the tough situation I was into and didn?t know how get out of it. But then, one day, my older sister invited me to a certain bible meeting. Being borne in a catholic home and learned to worship God as a catholic person would normally do and with prayers seemed unanswered, I found out that I should give it a try. Anyway, that time, I begun attending the Methodist church already because the father of my children in the Philippines which I was with before ( who made my life miserable) is a methodist. I found out that the minister there in their church shares God?s words more interesting than a catholic priest does.
Anyway, the day came and my sister fetched me and we went to this born- again bible meeting. When I entered that big conference room, I just felt that something was different, but I couldn’t explain. People were so friendly and smiling. When the worship songs begun, I just felt that I entered in the heavenly realm. Then a lady came out to preach the word of God. Strange too, because I was used to see a man preaching God?s words. But I remained seated and got hypnotized with God’s words. I didn’t realize that time went by. I just wanted to hear some more, but she already asked the people if they wanted to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Somehow I got the courage to stand up and go to the front, or there was really something that pulled me to the front. The desire to know this Jesus that this lady described so beautifully. That Savior I wanted to meet too. And before I knew it, she barely touched my head, I fell backwards. Luckily, there were people behind me who supported me then. They were well prepared that this thing can happen.
Wow! My first encounter with the Holy Spirit. He drained all my strength and showed me my life like a film and let me feel the beauty of God’s love and forgiveness. Tears flowed like a river in my eyes. I felt like I was floating and afterwards felt so renewed and alive. From that day on, I was totally changed from the inside out. Hope was planted inside me and the assurance that God will always be there for me no matter what happen. And sure He was and is. I am still here and can say that God, lifted me up from the pit of destruction, restored me and given me a new life. Made me a happy woman which my name actually is.