, when my husband and I were still engaged, my dad was asked to preach one Sabbath at church. Now, he wasn't a stranger to doing sermons, and he was even a yeacher/co-teacher for a Sabbath School class. But, when asked this particular time, he was hesitant. Why? The subject was prayer. He really didn't have any clue how to speak in the subject, and he told the person who asked just that. That day, the person's family prayed that dad would have an experience that would help with the sermon.
That evening, my mom, my sister, my fiance, and I were driving to a town about 1.5 hours away. Dad had an overwhelming feeling to pray for us. At that moment, we were hit, head on, by a woman having a seizure. People who drove by honestly thought there would be no survivors. The wreckage was that bad. But we all lived. Mom had a few cracked ribs, sister a bruised midsection, fiance a bruised shin. Only I got the worst... a fractured and dislocated hip, which required a total of three surgeries.
But, dad isn't the only one who learned from this. I can't speak for all involved, but I know I learned a lot. Have I made bad choices since then? I absolutely know I have. But I also have asked to be forgiven. I also understand that to be with Christ, I am to accept Christ as my Savior. But it's not a "one and done" thing, either. I can choose to follow a different path at any time I wish. If I do, then that will separate me from Him. And if I am doing things apart from Him, why would I want to be WITH Him, right? Same thing with those who have lead a poor life... whether lying, cheating, stealing, or even killing. If presented with the Word, and that person truly converts, he is forgiven. God knows the heart, we don't. This is why HE is the One who decides, not us.
On a related note... I can't say this is certain, but it was presented to me, once, that Jesus didn't need to be baptized. He really didn't. Someone once said that He, the Perfect Lamb of God, chose to be baptized as an example for us, and I heard it said that His baptism covers those who cannot make that decision for themselves... or cannot physically take that plunge. This makes sense, to me, because babies cannot make that decision themselves (our church does not baptize anyone who cannot make that decision for themselves, including babies). Some adults are physically unable to do it, too.
Anyway, I only intended to mention about the prayer exanple, because of the exampke about the call in reference to the colonoscopy.
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