Chance for a New Life

Written by M. Larson

Does it seem to you that nobody loves you? Do you struggle with suicide?

Virginia’s beloved father was dead, her mother was dying, and she thought her husband might be cheating on her. She felt she was losing those on whom she had depended most. In the depths of despair, she had drifted far from the Lord. Depression weighed heavily on her.

“Why don’t you end it all?” flashed through her mind. “Just jump into the river and that’s it! No more doubts, fears, heartaches, and misery. This wretched life will be over.”

It’s the only way out, she thought.

“I’m going down to the river and end it all,” she explained to her husband in a note. “I feel I have nothing left to live for.” She told him where to find her car. Then she drove to the river. Parking the car, she climbed down the bank to a big rock by the edge of swirling water. As she sat on the rock, a fierce tug-of-war wrenched her soul.

“Go ahead,” urged one side. “It will only take a moment, and then there will be peace. “No, there’s a better way,” countered the other.

Time slipped away. Suddenly, Virginia’s husband’s voice snapped her to attention. He leaned down beside her and wrapped his arms gently around her. “Listen, honey,” he said tenderly, “I love you. And if no one else in this world needs you, I do. I can’t live without you.”

Breaking down, she cried on his shoulder. Then he helped her up from the rock, and with his arm around her led her up the bank. “You drive home and I’ll follow you,” he said. “And don’t you ever again think of doing away with yourself!” he added tenderly.

Virginia meekly did as her husband said. “He loves me,” she thought. “He needs me!”

Virginia had been a Christian for years, but she had known nothing about service and dedication. Now she felt driven to seek a closer walk with the Lord. She began reading her Bible daily.

One afternoon she read a Scripture concerning Israel’s sin of rebellion against God. Ezekiel 22:14 hit her: “Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong in the days that I will deal with you? I the Lord have spoken and will do it.” She felt the Lord was asking her if she could really stand having the sin and stubble taken out of her life so that she could be a vessel fit for His service.

On her knees she said, “Lord, by your grace I know I can.”

Several days later another Scripture impressed her that she was to be the Lord’s witness to everyone, especially to members of her own family. “But I can’t do that, Lord” she protested. “You know they’ll mock me because of the life I’ve led in the past!”

Then came a reassuring response: “But I have chosen you.”

“Well, Lord,” she surrendered, “by your grace and strength, I will do it.”

Virginia had the joy of helping at least 12 of her family members come to the Lord.

Since that traumatic day when Virginia totally died to self and surrendered her life to Christ, she has had the joy of helping many others besides her family members come to know the Lord. How glad she is that the Lord met her when she come to the end of herself, for it has resulted in eternal life for many other precious souls. And how glad she is that God stopped her from killing herself that day and gave her a new life!

Galatians 2:20 is real to her now: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Father God,
Thank you that You have a plan for my life. Draw me to Yourself in a closer way and show me how to give my life away in service and love to You. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Questions: Have you surrendered your life totally to Christ? How are you sharing that joy and peace with others?

About this Author Muriel Larson

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5 Responses to “Chance for a New Life”

  • sharon says:

    i wish God would show me His plan for my life

  • kanj says:

    dr. muriel,
    one thing i do know, there is no turning back. bless you for those comforting words. in one sentence i see ”His will” and ”you will”. i’v got no where to go but forward.

  • Dr. Muriel says:

    Kanj dear–As you read God’s Word, seek to serve the Lord and do His will, you will grow in grace and knowledge of Him–and you will be a light for Him in this dark world. Dr. Muriel

  • kanj says:

    muriel, thank you for the devotional. a very difficult one for me to answer. have I surrendered my life totally to Christ? as it says in Psalm 119 v. 71: ”It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” as I am like that of a new born in my spiritual state, I believe that I am not there–YET! and therefore, God willing, ”If You are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know You and continue to find favor with You” as is read in Exodus 33 v. 13.
    sharing the joy was difficult at first but through study, reading His Word, fellowship is starting to enhance the joy.

  • I too have experienced God’s urging towards sharing the gospel with a very mixed up world.

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