God Is in Control
My Road To Salvation
My name is (editor's note: name withheld for the personal safety of this man). I was born and raised in Ecuador, South America. I grew up in a large Catholic Family, and throughout my life I knew there was a God, at least the way I was taught to believe. A God that only listens when we are “perfect” and when we are “good”, and thus I believed that I was not worthy of God’s favors and mercy, until February of 2000 when the supernatural happened ...
I returned to the USA for a second time in December 1999, after five years of living in Ecuador. Originally I stayed with my uncle who lived in Clinton, Iowa. I had difficulty finding a good job, and I took whatever I was able of find at the Labor Ready Office in downtown Davenport, obviously I was not too happy with my situation. I am a computer programmer by trade and I was sending resumes to as many places as possible. Finally by the end of January I had a job interview with a company that I didn’t remember sending a copy of my resume to. This company was located in Muscatine, IA, about 55 miles southwest of Clinton.
The day before the interview I drove to the place where I had to be for the interview. I didn’t want anything to go wrong. As I passed Davenport on highway 61 on my way to Muscatine, I saw a cloudy sky in the horizon, it seemed like it was going to rain. As I kept driving and passed Blue Grass, I felt like a magnet was pulling me towards Muscatine, the clouds kept getting darker and darker. I had a feeling of melancholy, but at the same time I felt a lot of peace. When I arrived on Park Avenue, I looked towards my left and decided to drive around. I felt something really strange, even though it was my first time in Muscatine, I felt like I wanted to stay there at any cost, even though I was alone I didn’t feel lonely. I said to myself, I don’t care if I don’t get the job, I am going to stay in Muscatine even if I have to flip hamburgers. I didn’t have much money, only $120.
The next day I returned to Muscatine for the job interview, and to make the story short I will say that I got the job without major effort. Additionally, I received a $5,000 dollar sign in bonus which came at the perfect time. I rented a room on 7th street and Mulberry Ave, bought some clothes for work, and had my car fixed.
How I Received Christ
After a couple of months of getting to know the city, I visited a barbershop close to downtown Muscatine, the owner was Mr. Ken Cooley, whom I later found out was a pastor. I asked him if he knew of a church where I could assist, and he recommended that I visit Pastor Mark Anderson at The Church of the Living Water. That same day I called Pastor Mark, and he invited me to attend a Bible study the following Sunday at 9:00 am.
I assisted in the service. That was my first experience with that type of worship. I was used to a 30 to 45 minutes ritual service, but the worship at The Church of the Living Water was completely different. Even though it was a two hour service (from 10:00 until 12:00) I didn’t feel tired and wanted to stay longer.
After the service, Pastor Mark Anderson invited me for lunch to his house, which was another surprise for me. I was impressed by such openness. Pastor Mark opened the door of his house to a complete stranger and invited him to have lunch. Events like this started to make me think about some type of destiny or supernatural power. How had my life become so easy with everything falling into place all of the sudden?
Pastor Mark talked to me about God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. He also mentioned the four Spiritual Laws on a piece of paper, which I still have and will keep for the rest of my life. It is a reminder of the moment I realized that God had taken over my life by leading me to Muscatine and placing Pastor Mark in my life to show me His unconditional love.
After I Found Christ
From the time I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I have stopped being afraid. I feel strong and ready to take over the trials and tribulations I have had to face after I found God. With God on my side, who can be against me?
Now, years after I let God take control of my life, my life has more meaning. There is a reason for everything, and everything falls into place at the right time. In other words, I need God by my side to lead me for the rest of my life.