Who am I? The question we all ask at one point or other in our lives, and I might add: a legitimate one.
The question is really: what am I here on this earth for? So, we search and search and God reveals Himself to us. Then, we either accept Him and His divine plan or we reject it; for it will be revealed in the search.
I could tell you that I was born of Raymond and Barbara Sullivan, the fourth of five children raised in Pawtucket Rhode Island, and that would be true. We were brought up to honor our parents, go to church, not to steal or lie, speak politely when spoken to, use proper phone etiquette such as: “The Sullivan residence, Robin speaking!” There were chores that we were expected to perform with excellence and a good attitude. We had homework and extra-curricular activities that ranged from sports to youth groups to backyard variety shows to leadership roles to cheerleading.
I have always loved (and still do) love life! It is fabulous! However, the pressing question in my heart and mind from a very early age was: what’s it all about? For what reason am I here? There is a plan, I am certain of it, but I don’t get it! Where do I fit in?
I went to church, I prayed, I went to confession and true confession: I made the sins up so it would sound good. Once as young girl, I was taught that because I was of the female gender, I would never be able to baptize anyone…..Unless! They were dying and had not been baptized and no one else was available.
I had a dream: I was alone on a beach with a very old man and he was dying. I asked him if he knew that God loved him and did he want to be baptized so that when he dies he can go to heaven to be with Him forever….he said, “YES!” I dragged him to the water’s edge and said “You are now baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!” dunking him at the salt water’s edge….he was all set! He died and went to heaven.
I wanted that kind of assurance! Fine for him, what about me? It’s too late for me, I thought.
Fact is, I was dying…in my sin. God is ready, willing and certainly able to forgive me of my sins as long as I am willing to confess them. Not “made up” sins, but the real deal.
I was 23 when Jesus rescued me and revealed His mighty power and mercy on my life. He took me up out of darkness, cleansed me in His blood and set my feet up on a rock: He is my foundation.
Now I can say, this is who I am:
~a child of God ~bought with a price that I could never pay ~sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit ~no one can snatch me out of the Father’s hand ~I have promises that will be kept because
~He who promised is ~FAITHFUL~
~I will live forever with Him in eternity ~greater is He who is in me that he who is in the world
Now don’t you just know that I could go on and on and on and on because every word written in the Word of God was written that I might know Him and serve the living God; to give Him the glory that He alone deserves.
IThis is Robin Sullivan. Thank you, Jesus.