The Well Magazine Spring 2013 - Page 31

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 The Unfailing Love of the Father my heart to receive him. I was sick in my body and was making many visits to the doctor. Out of nowhere, at about seven o’clock in the morning, a strange lady from the neighborhood came to the house where I was staying. She knocked and they let her in. She was known as a Jesus freak, so most people stayed away from her. I was also told to stay away from her because she was crazy. But for some reason, they let her in the house. I was in the wash room at the time. I was preparing to go to the doctor because of stomach ulcers that left me in a great deal of pain daily. She began to talk and said that as she was passing the house she felt a tremendous chest pain and whoever that is God wants to heal them. Everyone looked crazy because they knew I had been really sick. They called me out of the bathroom, but I would not come. The woman said, “That’s okay because God moves by his Spirit.” She prayed and left. I chucked it up to a crazy experience. In the meanwhile, I went to the doctor and they could not find any problems anymore. I also realized that I was no longer in pain. It took about two weeks, but I finally mustered up the courage to go and find the “crazy” lady. I took two friends with me and we found her. I knocked on the door and she opened it with a smile on her face and said to me “I was waiting on you.” I was completely shocke d. She invited us in and started to talk to us. She looked at me and said, “Hold on to this garbage can.” I reluctantly and confusingly held on to it while she talked to the other ladies. I held on to the garbage for about two hours. She finally looked at me and said, “Are you still holding on to that garbage can? That is what you are holding onto in your life— a bunch of garbage.” She snatched the garbage away from me and said, “That is what you are holding onto in your life—a bunch of garbage all because someone told you to.” She said, “You are so ignorant that God is going to have to take it from you.” She said that God had a plan for my life and that his plan was good for me. She explained how blessed I was going to be and she did not lie. Everything she said I live in today. The Love of My Life After that day God began to open many doors in my life. One door led me to church and I gave my life to him. God took everyone out of my life that was not good for me or his purpose for my life. Every door that opened I ran through. At the time I didn’t know what I was doing and I didn’t know God’s character, but he said he was going to help me and I believed him. Anything that looked like help I ran after it. All of this happened in a four month period—May to August 1994. I went back to school. I had dropped out of school in 11th grade. I earned my GED and enrolled in community college to study cosmetology. At end of 1995 I was preparing to graduate and went to work in a salon owned by a Christian woman. She would have bible studies after business hours. One day after bible study when everyone had left, I went away to myself to have a conversation with God. I said, “God if you are real, and I believe you are, listen. I am not use to loving and giving to someone I can’t see or feel. But, if you will teach me, I will live for you for the rest of my life. God I will run after you.” From that moment on, God began to reveal to me his heart towards me. Needless to say, I fell in love with my God and Jesus Christ. This was amazing. All I could think about was I had no idea that this was even possible. I was in awe and wanted to tell everyone about him. I did not know that a relationship with the Creator of the universe was possible. But most importantly, He longed to fellowship with me. I felt love so powerful. I was inspired and completely dedicated to his cause. After all how could I not want to give myself back to him, after all he had done? It all started to make sense. I began by the aid of the Holy Spirit to piece all of the pieces together. I cried and wept many days. God loved me that much that he gave his only son, Jesus. I began to reflect on decisions I made before I knew of his love and I was overwhelmed with sorrow. I repented over and over again. I found out that he was there all the time. When I thought of his love and holiness, it was amazing. After all that was said and done, I knew that it was good that I had went through those uncomfortable situations in my life. It was those things that allowed me to come in relationship with the love of my life, the Father, my God and my strength. Knowing how the Father loved me, I knew that I could not walk in unforgiveness. I made it my goal to give that love to others that I received from the Father. Today I love my parents and others not because of what they did or did not do but because of who they are, just as the Lord loved me. To love and to forgive is to Katrinna Harris is a resident of Olympia Fields, Illinois. She is be free. the wife of Lethaniel Harris Jr. Things are great all because of and the mother of four beautiful the unfailing love of the Father children. Katrinna went back to towards me. Now I can see my school to receive her cosmetology teacher certification and went on to future through different eyes. Eyes that have been healed from own her own beauty salon. She is currently in school studying to be a rejection and abandonment. medical doctor. Spring 2013/ The Well Magazine 31