Written By: Taylor Fast
I happen to be a pastor’s kid, so my testimony story started quite young. I grew up in a Christian household with parents who raised me to pray before every meal, pray before bed, and pray when I needed help. I grew up on the original Veggie Tales and there are many times still that I get old school hymns stuck in my head. I was saved in Sudbury, Ontario, my hometown, while I was in Kid’s Church. I remember having some beautiful ladies that were much older then me (“prayer moms”) always praying over me, and those people lead me to asking God to come into my heart and stay there.
Of course, as any Christian we all have moments where we slip away from God, but I believe I have stayed pretty true to Him. Growing up everyone knew I was a pastor’s kid, some people thought it was weird, but I was lucky to never be made fun of for it. I attempted to share my faith with others, but this got harder and harder as I got older, so I had to lean more and more on God and let my life and words be an example to others, as much as I could.
There were moments when my faith in God was tested. I lost a good friendship in high school and I wondered where’s God? When an Uncle very close to my family passed away, I wondered where’s God? Whenever my brother gets very sick from his illness of Cystic Fibrosis, I wonder where’s God? I tell you this because every time I felt that way, it was like I had to renew my faith in Him. I was still a Christian but I had to think back to when I was a child and I fully trusted in God, it was so easy! I have to show the same trust even as an adult.
Though we feel the weight and stress of the world more, God is still there. Our world is sinful, so moments will come where we don’t understand why God let circumstances happen, but I promise you God is always there. He doesn’t disappear. Moments like these allow me to lean on Him and ask for help and remind me of when I was saved and why I thought getting saved and becoming a Christian was a good idea. We mess up, yes, but we have a God who doesn’t, He will get us through the storm. How incredible is that?
The fact that God gave up His life for us so that we could live and He sticks around us today to help us through our daily lives, it’s hard not to be thankful!
I am saved because I believe in God, I believe in salvation, and I believe He has an amazing path for us. I believe He is a Father to the fatherless. When I doubt my salvation in times of worry and pain, I think back to my testimony story- my reason for believing, my reason for faith.
“He is a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, this is God, whose dwelling is holy.” Psalm 68:5