The Storm before the Calm
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 5:49 PM
Another testimony of the power of the TLIG messages:
My conversion began in March of 1993, although at the time I did not know
it. On March I3, 1993 My husband and I and our 2 children, ages 5 and 7
were spending the weekend with my parents at their house on a beach in
North Florida. There had been a very bad storm earlier in the evening,
but nothing like what was to come. At 2:00 in the morning a 12 foot
tidal surge hit the house we were in, knocking us out of our beds and
into the water. This storm would later be called the 'no name' storm
because it was just like a hurricane only it happened in March, a time
not considered a part of the Hurricane season. The moment was frantic
because of the ferocity of the storm and the fear of my son, age 5 that
he would drown. He screamed to me, "I'm going to die".
We managed to get to one of the walls that was still standing and hung on
for 4 hours, although we were thrown off many times with the incoming
tides and wind. At 6:00 am, as the sun was rising and the tide was
turning, we were rescued by people who were a little further inland.
Later in the day, we were provided with clothes and found a motel to rest
in. Once my family was all clean and asleep, I took a shower and had my
first moment alone to realize the impact of what we had gone through.
I began to cry - It was then I had a vision. I feel funny saying that
word because people will not understand and I must admit that, had it not
happened to me, I know that I would not have either.
I explain it this way; if I asked you what you did last summer on your
vacation and you thought about it in your mind, it was like that, only
the picture was placed in my mind. Here's my vision. I was up in the
clouds and I was over the house we had been in during the storm. The
roof was off of the house and I could see us rushing around in the house.
I then looked to my left and I saw a Holy Person, with a mantle around
their head I remember thinking it was Mary but I never saw the Person's
face. This Person had their hands extended palms up, leaned forward,
looked at the house, leaned back, and then it was over.
For me I understood it as, yes, I saw you and I was watching over you.
What a miracle, right? I should be so stronger in my faith now, right?
But for me it was the opposite. As I began to tell people this story, I
was getting all kinds of advice as to what it meant. I had Protestant
friends telling me that it wasn't Mary, rather someone warning me about
my Catholic faith. That is where my tailspin began. For almost 18
months I was in a deep sorrow, almost a depression about my Christian
faith. I always believed in God and Jesus, but now I questioned Mary
and many of the teachings of my church. I was really a lost soul,
searching, praying, dying inside, but my answer was coming .....
In May of 1994 my daughter made her First Communion and I might add that
I wasn't even sure if I should let her make her communion, because I
myself wasn't even sure about it. My mother had left Volumes I and II
of the True Life in God messages on my dresser in my room without telling
me she had left them. About one month later I called and said, "Hey,
where are those books you were going to leave me to read"? She said, "I
left them on your dresser over a month ago." I think I must not have
been ready to read them then but now Jesus was ready for me to begin.
>From the first page of that book I began a small bit of healing, and
Peace began to enter my soul. I still struggled and questioned things
but little by little Jesus bagan pouring out his words on me. I think
by the time I got to Volume III, I was completely convinced that this was
from God. My conversion to the "Real" God began.
I learned how to speak to the Holy Trinity intimately, as my best
friends. I learned to love honour and respect and honor our Mother.
Mary. You see, I was raised in a large Catholic family, and I learned
all the rules of being a "good" Catholic. I understood guilt and to fear
God, and I did believe in Christ in the Eucharist, but I never understood
the real presence of God in everything.
I know that God completely emptied me out in the one and a half years
following the storm so that he could fill me up with the real doctrine he
wanted me to have. Since that time I have had many wonderful
experiences with Jesus as my intimacy with Him grows. I see many people
around me who are just like I was and I pray for them to be able to come
out of the dark and into the light. God is great, slow to anger, kind
and merciful and I thank Him for rescuing me from the darkness I did not
know I was in. Blessed be His Name forever.
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