"No Preparation Needed" June 26, 2005
This past April I returned from a one year
stay in Canada. For me it was a year of great change. I want to share a little bit of
what took place in my life up until this point.
was born in Japan and was given the name Ayako Kimura by my parents. I have an older brother and a younger
sister. I love anything that has to do with exercise. For the time I was in elementary
school I have been a part of a sports club. I also love being out in nature. From childhood,
I loved to go to the park and ocean. I loved playing outdoors and would play with the boys outside until
I was exhausted. I probably learned from these guy playmates to enjoy life with all of the zest I could
my great grandmother was a Christian, I was taken to church. But I questioned whether she was a real Christian
or not because she never prayed before the meals. I felt that she was just going through the motions of
being a Christian and if that was the case, I didn’t need Christianity, I thought. I stopped going
to church in Junior High. I stopped praying, I stopped reading my Bible and gradually drifted away from
was not easy living a life apart from God. I became unstable but I thought that I was being decisive.
I was really full of myself! During Geography class at school, I became impressed with how large
the world was. I wanted to travel. My interest began to grow and grow. I
wanted to leave Japan. I realized at that time that I was experiencing adolescent stress. I
was overwhelmed with my need for money, information, things, and time. I knew something was lacking in
my life but I didn’t try to think too deeply about it. But I was earnestly searching.
lived a very simple life in Canada. There, everyone is surrounded by nature and make do with what is around
them. They are really laid back! The dogs even seemed happy. From
my heart, I loved the nature all around me! I had been asleep in the conveniences all around me with
which I was raised in Japan. At first I was intimidated by the lack of modern conveniences, but the fact
was that it really suited me! When I got rid of my excesses, I was able to see things that I was not able
to see before. I loved living there! I was surprised at how my five senses had become
day, my roommate, Gloria invited me to go to a nearby church. It was there that I was to renew my acquaintance
with God. It was God who desired an eternal relationship with me which had true worth.
The people I met there had peace in their hearts and supported each other. I wanted to know what
it was that caused them to be like this. I started integrating church into my daily
life. I wasn’t ready to give myself completely over to the Lord, yet though. Because
I was surrounded by so many Christian friends, my heart gradually began to turn toward God. I was being
prepared to accept Christ with my heart, not only my mind.
evening while I was eating dinner with Gloria, a question flew out of my mouth. I asked what the Holy Spirit
was. She told me the Holy Spirit was asking to enter my heart right now. “Now,”
I wondered. “ I didn’t need to make any preparation?” She continued by telling me that
if I believed in Jesus Christ as my Savior that He would give me the free gift of eternal life. It was
then that I confessed, in the company of my friend, that Christ was my Savior, that He died on the cross for my sins and rose
again the third day.
I am looking forward to how God will use
me from this point on. I am confident that He will be with me even in the most difficult of circumstances.
I will follow the one who shines light in the midst of darkness. John 5: 30 “By
myself I can do nothing;…for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.”