Testimony By V.J Wakefeild
From the darkness to the light, here’s my story. I’ve dedicated my life to Jesus at the young age of 7 years old. According to my mom, I gave my life to Jesus Christ after watching a Billy Graham crusade. After that, there has been nothing but good. However, as I got into my elementary school years things you could say, got a little rough. See, when I was younger, I had hearing loss which gave way to me wearing large, bulky hearing aids accompanied with braces that poked and prodded me the inside of my mouth. This did not help my self-esteem, because this was the very thing I was made fun of for. People used to call me Yoda and other nasty names. This made me see myself in darkness. In addition to all of this, the hearing loss I had prohibited me from being a happy, playful kid. I had an infection at a young age which lead to holes in my eardrums, which lead me to the hearing loss. This hearing loss was like torture for me. I couldn’t swim because the water would always go straight into my ear and it would cause me agonizing pain. I had surgery to repair it when I was younger, but it was a horrible experiences. I couldn’t play with other kids, hang on the monkey bars, or run around. I remember one day I had to turn down a bounce house birthday party from one of my friends because of this hearing loss. When my mother and I went to the hospital for a check-up to see if it healed up, it did not. And this absolutely destroyed me. It felt like I was going to be stranded with these for life. And the braces I had did not help any of this. Sometimes it would hurt so bad that I was unable to sleep. I would beg God at night to fix me and get rid of my pain.
As I got to middle school, the bullying got worse, and I started looking on the web for hours to distract myself from the world around me, but this got out of hand since I started becoming obsessed with it. Hours and hours would make me feel like I was filling up something inside of me, but it wasn’t. Then, later on, I joined the school band, and the class struck me down even more. I felt like I was not worth anything and that I was a speck of dust just flying around. I had faith in God but that started to wither like a rose in the first hours of winter. One day I felt a literal hole inside of me. I asked and begged God to fix this, to do something about it, and He did.
On December 10th in either 2015 or 2016, I was laying in my bed listening to Christmas music. While I was thinking about tomorrow and worrying about what it might deliver, I decided to sway my mind from this by singing in the middle of the night. So while I was signing, one song stood out to me. It was O Holy Night by Josh Groban. Such a beautiful song! While I was singing, I thought, You know what? Even though my life right now sucks I would perform this for God because he has always been good. Therefore I did it for Him and then something happened, I had a vision!
First I saw the Baby Jesus in a manger going in a circle. It was white and wispy. Then I saw The Cross. And they were both circling each other. I saw a smile. His smile! It was the most beautiful smile that I have ever seen in my entire life. It felt peaceful, mighty and I felt sheltered by His presence. It felt like home. He was saying to me that He was right here. That no one can touch me. That I was safe. I then felt something flow into me like water, smooth and clean into my heart. I knew it was the Holy Spirit right then and there, so I took off my sheets and let Him in. And as the final note slipped out of the headphones, the vision faded and I drifted into a deep, deep sleep.
This has changed my entire life. The bullying completely stopped and few months after this event in my life, I underwent another surgery, but with a different doctor. And now I am 100% hearing loss free. I recently have had my braces removed and now have a straight row of pearly whites. But most importantly of all, I am free. Free from sadness, anger, and darkness. Free from all evil, and I was happy. I felt full and even overflowing and it felt like I was complete And then on February 11th, 2018, I was baptized and showed the world that I was ready to follow Jesus to the end. Which leads to here. I am a changed woman because of Him and am proud of being Christian. And like Matthew 19: 25-26 states “When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
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