hi everyone! this is courtney from vintch. i’m so honored to be posting for jennifer while she’s away in ecuador and share with you a little about my walk with christ, specifically about a period when i realized my utter dependence on him. safe travels jen!
so, there’s something you should know about me:
there was a time in my life when you couldn’t convince me i didn’t kill someone.
every awful story on the evening news. every amber alert. every prayer request lifted up in church. i would sit in my room and just cry, convinced that i was the sole cause of the hurt. i suffered from a form of obsessive compulsive disorder that caused me to feel guilty all.the.time. with a conscience big as a house, i literally carried the weight of the world on my shoulders. and as much as it made dad confused and mama cry, no one knew how to fix it.
i would come home from school and the first thing i did after getting off the bus was go to my room, take out construction paper, and write down everything bad i thought i did that day.
truth be told, you could trust me with your life. i never, ever, ever strayed. i was in college when i had my first sip of wine. wore white with honor at my wedding. never as much as cheated on a pop quiz. but the guilt and worry remained. oh the worry. the worry that followed me to high school and had me up all night the day before my first prom, almost ruining the whole thing. it was a trapped existence and i was powerless to defend myself.
then one night, when the walls were closing in, i went into my closet.
i remember the fibers most of all. the coarse texture of the carpet on my knees, bare in my nightgown. i lowered myself and shut the door behind me, gathering my hair in my hands and weeping. and i prayed for the lord to take it away. i was a christian. raised in a godly, beautiful home. and i believed, but i had never been forced to believe. it was more a doctrine, a habit. does that make sense? i believed because i just did. my life had never depended on my belief, so it had never been tested. that night, it was.
but it didn’t just go away. not all at once anyway. not the way i would have preferred. spare thoughts still lingered. outlying worries still maneuvered their way in. but this time, god had beat them to the punch. he was there within me, fighting those demons with a heavenly vigor. if i was going to be in a mental war zone, at least i had the most powerful defender on my side.
i haven’t shared the details of this experience with many, and i hesitated to talk about it in such a public place as this, but it’s vital that i do. in the years that have passed, the fear and worry that once clouded my mind have been replaced by a healing grace and i am changed. so i’ve got to share it, i have to pass along the news that god is very much alive and real within us. listening to us. and from presidents in the oval office to little girls on their knees in the closet, he hears every prayer.