Aglow became and has remained an anchor for me in the pain, chaos and storms of life, as well as a place to explore my faith and celebrate what God is doing.
I had always believed in God and over many years had begun to understand that there was far more to faith than I realised or knew about. However I was still firmly in the driving seat of my life and believed I needed to ‘sort out’ the terrible mess my life was in, before I would be acceptable to God.
I was in a very broken and hurting place when a friend phoned ‘out of the blue’ and suggested I came along to an Aglow meeting that night. I was feeling rejected, condemned and utterly desolate but went along and sat at the back, crying inconsolably with my head sunk down on my chest. I don’t remember much about the meeting except that someone mentioned Psalm 51 especially verse 10 ‘create in me a pure heart’… a Psalm I had identified with for many years.
One lady reminded us of Psalm 3 ‘But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high’ and that this was a message someone needed to know that night. Somehow I knew I had to lift up my head, which I did despite feeling like a worm.
Later a lady came and prayed with me, telling me God was saying ‘And I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten’ from Joel 2, I remember thinking that was impossible and a ridiculous idea; surely God knew what a mess it all was. However, I went home that night in a different place to which I had a arrived in and began to journey forwards.
Over the next months and years I received such unconditional love, care and compassion from the ladies at Aglow. Something totally new to me, and Aglow became and has remained an anchor for me in the pain, chaos and storms of life, as well as a place to explore my faith and celebrate what God is doing. There was no overnight transformation and the path remained very hard but I learnt about a Father who loved and cared for me and wanted the very best for me.
All those scriptures I received that first night have come true. God is creating in me a pure heart and I can now lift up my head and share my story. Most amazing is the reality that God has restored the years eaten by the locust and I know I have a future just as it says in Jeremiah 29:11 – ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and jot to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Liz Rowby, Bicester Aglow.