An Encounter with the King
By: Sheri Rose Shepherd
Do you remember the first time you felt Him touch at your heart Or what I like to call “An encounter with the King?”
I remembered the night when, in my darkest hour, He had crowned me with His tender love and a new life. I had felt hopeless and desperate for someone to Love me and something to fill my empty soul. At that time in my life, I had all the things that should have meant happiness and fulfillment. I overcame a drug problem, I had lost sixty pounds, and I owned my own Modeling production company. I had lots of money, shopping sprees, beauty titles, boyfriends and cool clothes. I drove a nice car and had a calendar full of places to go and people to see. Yet I still cried myself to sleep at night and battled depression as well as an eating disorder called bulimia. On the outside, I looked like I had it all together, but on the inside I was falling apart. I felt empty and alone even when I was in a crowd of people. I could not find anything or anyone to fill that deep lonely place in my heart. It was like nothing this world had to offer could make me feel good about my life.
I began to Feel as if I had nothing to live for. One dark, lonely night I checked into a hotel room. My plan was to end my life with an overdose of sleeping pills. Yet at that moment—my most desperate moment—I cried out to God. He was my last hope. He heard my cry and rescued me before I took my life. At that moment in the hotel room, I actually felt God’s holy presence with me, and for the first time in my life, I did not feel alone. Instead I felt loved and at peace.
Our God promises that if we will seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him. When I called out to God that night, He gave me the greatest crown of all. It was not a crown bestowed by man, but the crown of life—of everlasting life—bestowed by God. He restored my soul and gave me everything that I had been desperately searching for: love, joy, peace of mind, a purpose for living. I can honestly say that, as exciting as winning a national crown was, that amazing event pales in comparison to the I had an encounter with the King welcomed me into His family as His much-loved daughter.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” ~1 Peter 2:9