12/05/09 Carl, 62
Late night at the grocery store I began a conversation with a man named Carl and soon found out he is a fellow believer. I asked how he came to faith in Jesus and he said "You wouldn't believe me if I told you!" "I'd love to hear about it" I told him. Carl had been "drinking and drugging" every day for 25 years until a Saturday night in August when he was 40 years old. He sat down in his hotel room and turned on the radio to listen to some jazz while drinking some vodka. At midnight a religious station took over, and as it began its opening song, Amazing Grace, Carl told me that all the true meaning of the song suddenly became clear to him. He closed his eyes to listen and when it was over, he opened them to a vision, which he described to me in detail, of Jesus on the cross, telling him, "I did this for you". He was overwhelmed with extreme guilt and began sobbing. At some point he turned the TV on and fell asleep. When he woke up Sunday morning a televangelist on TV described his situation in miraculous detail and prayed for him, and later that day in another vision God ordered him to start reading the Bible. Four months later, Carl lost all taste for alcohol and drugs, and has been following Jesus for 22 years now. I'm thankful for the wonderful fellowship I enjoyed with Carl as we encouraged each other to continue following our Lord.