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A Phone Call From God

 

I spent most of my life claiming to be an atheist or an agnostic at best. It drove me crazy when someone of faith tried to convince me otherwise. In the 80's I was a Realtor and had commented to a few of my friends that I had met an extraordinary number of people through my daily showings of homes that wanted to talk to me about faith. I thought it was very odd or maybe a coincidence. None of them got through to me but that experience somewhat haunted me for the next many years.

In 1997 I met the girl of my dreams. It was the first time in my life that I felt true love. We had four wonderful years together before she made the decision to move back home to Binghampton, NY to be closer to her ailing parents. I couldn't go. My daughter and my job was here but I understood her decision though it killed me inside. I spent the next year and a half in absolute broken hearted misery drinking myself sick. I was no stranger to alcohol but that period was a drunken haze for me. I was a car salesman at that time. I had gotten a DWI in August of 02 but it didn't change my course.

My boss at work had become a confidant during that time and he had invited me to church on several occasions which I reluctantly accepted but never showed up. I know he was concerned that my drinking was out of control and being a man of faith, he really cared and hoped church would save me.

On Friday night January 18th 2003 I got my second DWI while still on probation for number one. I knew this was bad news for me. They let me out of jail at 2pm on Saturday and I came home very depressed and angry that I had fallen so far. I went to bed early that night and woke at around 8am Sunday morning.

Still distressed and confused I decided to try something I had never done. Pray. It truly felt awkward and a waste of time but what did I have to lose? I asked God to show me some kind of proof that he existed. Anything would do just as long as I knew it was from him and it didn't matter when, just someday. No sooner did my prayer end and before I could even get to the sofa to sit down my phone rang. It was my boss. Keep in mind that he had never called me outside of work in the year we knew each other so I thought this was odd. I thought he had found out about my arrest that weekend and was calling to fire me.

I answered the phone and waited for the worst. He asked me how I was and I lied and said fine. I could hear lots of people talking in the background and asked him where he was and he said church. I asked him the reason for his call expecting the worst and he said he knew I was having a tough time with life and wanted me to meet some people at his church. I asked "what kind of people?". He said I don't want to hurt your feelings but they have an alcohol support group here that was full of people just like me. I lost it! I started crying so hard I couldn't respond. I was embarrassed and ashamed for him to hear me cry but I couldn't stop. He quietly listened. He handed the phone to the man that ran the group and he quietly listened. I really wanted to hang up but I didn't. That man asked me to come and visit them. He said find a ride here so we can meet. I agreed and hung up.

I cried for another 10 minutes before I called a friend and asked them to come get me and take me there ASAP. I have been a member of that church for 7 years now and no longer drink or smoke as of that day. I felt a connection to God that moment that has never changed. It has changed my life. The clarity that came over me that day has never left me. When I said that prayer I didn't expect his answer so immediately but it was instantaneous and life changing. Tony

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Tanya (guest)
 
8 years ago (2009-09-04)
Dear Hahah,
There is no right or wrong religon, We believe in what we are taught as children and as long as we have faith in somthing that's all that matters. The point is there is a higher power at work. Its all the same wether its a god, a budah, or alah, its all about faith and belief. To the publisher of this story, I am so happy for you that you were able to regain control of your life and glad you were able to experience the power of prayer. God bless you in all that you do.
charu (guest)
 
8 years ago (2009-08-04)
i am almost in tears after reading this and all I can say is 'GOD BLESS YOU'
Joy (guest)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-17)
I truely am touched by your story. God is standing at the door to our hearts just waiting for us to let Him enter. I am glad you accepted God while His spirit still abides with us. May you continue to walk with God. Let His light shine in you so that others might see God in you and glory Him.
wisdom (guest)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-09)
Really touching. I cried. It is amazing how people don't believe in the power of prayer. You may think He answered your prayer instantly, but that is not true. God has everything timed perfectly and it wasn't until you prayed with your heart that it was answered. Lip service doesn't work. He will answer your prayers ONLY when what you are asking for, is for YOUR benefit.
God Bless you and may hahah hear His calling one day as well.
yellowfin43 (1 stories) (1 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-07)
Thank you Nataszha for your response to hahah's comment. He sounds somewhat like me about 8 years ago. I understand his resentment but he came to this sight willingly and then proceded to advertise his ignorance. He sounds spiritually empty. I hope someday he is fortunate enough to have an experience like mine and see the world in a new light. I'm not mad at you hahah. God is trying to reach you or you woundn't have been to this site.
Nataszha (guest)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-05)
Dear haha,

The above story from yellowfin43 doesn't even talk about Christianity, nor does he make any mention that there is only one truth, one book etc. I think your statement is impolite and it hints that you have some of your own issues issues with the concept of religion. You don't like the idea that some people are convinced they are right and others are wrong. I'm not too crazy about them either. But pick on someone else. Yellowfin doesn't show any hints of such super-righteous ignorance, but rather seems to be someone who has found a new peace for himself.
hahah (guest)
 
8 years ago (2009-07-05)
you're tripping... What kind of trip life have you lived... You truly believe you picked the right god? If you grew up in Africa you wouldn't you just be worshiping what's there? I respect the morality that Christianity entails but can't that be achieved without thinking this ONE BOOK is the right one?
vagabondfaith (49 stories) (90 posts)
 
8 years ago (2009-06-09)
A tremendous and heart moving story of how wonderful God is and how amazing your experience is. Thank you for sharing and I believe many people will be helped by your testimony

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