She Was Dead on the Inside – Callie’s Story
There is a story in the Bible of a man born blind. Jesus healed him and as fairly normal in that day, it caused an uproar. Pharisees and other rulers began to question and grill the man who had been healed. “Who fixed you? Who was He? What exactly happened? How did he do it? What do you think of Him?” The man couldn’t answer most of the questions and finally gave them the only for sure piece of information that he had.
“One thing I do know…I was blind, but now I see.” – John 9:25
That is how I feel most of the time about Jesus. I don’t pretend to know everything there is to know about Him – His works, His ways, His miracles, how He gets them done. I don’t know a lot of theology, the Hebrew and Latin for certain words. I do not have commentary memorized or know all the history behind every Bible story. There is a lot I do not know…but I do know this. He changed my life. Once I was blind. But now I can see. Once I was blind to my sin and selfishness, but I can now see through His grace and loving kindness. Once I was wallowing in a pit of depression, seriously contemplating suicide…now He has pulled me out of that pit and set my feet upon a rock. Once I questioned my purpose in life and wondered if the core of me, who I was, was ok. Now I know that I’ve been created for a beautiful purpose, that God is pleased with who I am, and that He has good things for my life. I once was dead inside and He breathed life into me. I once was broken beyond repair, but He put me back together into something wonderful. I once was devoid of hope, but He has stirred that hope up within me and renewed it again.
I could never tell all of what He has done. In fact, I am sure that I do not even know the half of it myself. It is unbelievably hard to describe what He has done in me and to me and through me…and yet incredibly simple all at the same time. He changed me. From the inside out He changed me. He left nothing undone, no stone unturned. And He is working diligently in me even still, polishing me up to look more and more like His Son. Nothing about me is the same as what it was when I started my walk with Him. So when you ask me what I am and what I have become because of Jesus my mind leans towards 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Callie and I have been friends for a few years. I am so grateful to God for her friendship and the role she’s had in my freedom in Christ. She is a high school teacher and girls’ basketball coach at Central High School in Springfield, MO. She played collegiate basketball at Drury University and graduated in 2003 with a degree in Education. She then received her master’s degree from Drury in Education in 2006 and is currently pursuing a degree in Counseling. Callie is very involved in her home church, Stonebridge, and takes part in many ministry areas there.
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About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.