My Easter Miracle


It seems that this year in particular I have a new group of readers so it may be that my testimony is new to you. I have also trimmed it back considerably trying to keep to my own rule of less is better. So here goes the 2021 re-telling of my Easter Miracle. I am forever grateful to God that He could have worked out such a crazy plan at the cost of His only Son’s life so that I could be His child.

 I realise that I was the worst of them all, and that because of this very fact God was particularly merciful to me. It was a kind of demonstration of the extent of Christ’s patience towards the worst of men, to serve as an example to all who in the future should trust him for eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:16 Phillips

In 1971 I was just another 19 year old hippie trying to figure life out. One night I found myself along a lonely stretch of desert highway between L.A. and Phoenix. All that day I had hitch-hiked with my last ride dropping me off at a rest area.  As night began to fall I reasoned that the top of one of the picnic tables was the safest refuge from snakes and scorpions. So I rolled out my sleeping bag and struggled into it trying not to fall off the edge of the table. There I lay looking up into a vast sky filled with stars wondering where I belonged and fell asleep.

How in the world I ended up 3,000 miles from home was a tangle of events beginning with parents who seemed more confused about life than I was. So I moved out on my own at age seventeen about began a wandering that brought me that Easter morning to a highway rest stop where I met a family who invited me to church. It took a miracle to break through my fears and excuses and regrets; but it was Easter morning and on Easter miracles happen. So with the added bonus of a promised free meal I eagerly agreed to go with them.

Their church was different than anything I expected. There were many young people there my own age who were singing with smiles that showed me they knew something about Easter I had missed. More importantly that day, I felt for the first time that God might be real and actually care about me. It felt to me as if I had been running all my life and I couldn’t run any more. It took an amazing chain of miracles to bring me to God. But it was Easter and on Easter miracles happen!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. What a wonderful testimony! God found you—even 3000 miles from home. And He used a kind family to be His hands and feet.

    I’m one of your new readers who hasn’t heard this story before.

    Thank you, Pastor Pete.

  2. Thanks for the reminder that we should start praying about whom to invite to church this Easter. 😉

  3. Beth Alisan says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your testimony for those of us who had never heard it. It brought tears to my eyes. God is so very good!

    1. pastorpete51 says:

      So blessed to hear that the miracle God worked to bring me to Himself could still be a blessing after so many years. Have a blessed day Beth.

  4. Thank you for sharing your miracle. I hadn’t read it before, either. Praise God for that family who invited you to church. I’ve been thinking recently about how maybe I’m the person that someone is praying for to reach out to their loved one. May I be sensitive to the Lord’s leading!

    1. pastorpete51 says:

      Amen you are so right. Sometimes a simple invitation to an unlikely guest can yield eternal results.

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