Daily Delight

Saturday, October 8, 2016

This is a testimony. I started to see Christ dwelling in my heart 4 years ago, and was baptized 2 years ago. My “wild” (or so I’ve been told) conversion story is colored by an unlikely religious and family background, some leaps of faith, lots of getting myself into trouble, and a sprinkling of tiny miracles. However, this testimony isn’t about my conversion, but rather how I witness God move in the testimonies of others who always knew Him. 

In our culture, we hunger for stories of hitting rock bottom–– addiction, loss, abuse–– followed by redemption. There’s an odd stigma against the straight and narrow. So many Christians I know discount their testimony for not being “interesting” or prodigal enough. They trivialize the strength it took to stay on a Jesus-led path and make their relationship with God their own. If you are one of those people, know that you are part of my continued testimony, and surely many other’s.

I often thank God that I was born outside the Christian faith and came to Him completely broken. I fear that if I wasn’t, I would be plagued with doubt in the identity of my faith and go astray. Many describe a dramatic testimony like mine as a beacon of strength and ultimate example of the grace of God. I do not discount that. However, my testimony would struggle to grow without those whose hearts have always been steadfast in the Lord. Do not live in shame of the straight and narrow; your God-given path is an encouragement to those of us who have gone astray. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ, (2 Thessalonians 3:5, ESV). 

About the Author

Safeena Padder≫ ≫Safeena is a Malibu coastline-dwelling Pepperdine grad turned wedding photographer and aspiring photojournalist. Because of the unlikelihood of her own testimony, she believes that no one is too far from the redeeming love of God. She seeks to live that belief through action and by fostering even more unlikely friendships.

Safeena is passionate about travel, social justice, and the role that creativity plays in driving empathy that will change the world; you can follow her adventures at www.safeenapadder.com/blog. Her natural habitat is the farmer's market, where you can normally find her with arms full of flowers.


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