A Broken Heart Made Whole

With a broken heart, I gave my life to the Lord at the age of ten. My parents had split up, and my dad had a girlfriend, confirming that my parent’s relationship was over. I was devastated! I still remember that moment sitting on my bed, surrendering my heart to God. The very moment I cried out to Him to come into my life, the room seemed brighter, and I felt an indescribable peace. It was the first time I had ever experienced God on my own. I grew up learning about the love of Jesus at summer Bible Camp and weekly house meetings that my mom would host, but I didn’t really understand what it meant to be a Christian. Life became more difficult than I ever imagined when my dad left with his girlfriend. My mom turned to alcohol to ease the pain of the break-up, so she was rarely home anymore. My grandparents, who lived nearby, would check on us to ensure we had food. And at sixteen, my oldest sibling became responsible for raising me and my five siblings. My teen years spun out of control: my parents were rarely around, so there wasn’t much stability, and I could do whatever I wanted. I began to drink almost every weekend, which led to a very destructive and violent life.

As a young adult, I started to try to pull myself together. I began my journey of seeking peace. I suffered from anxiety and depression and looked for a sense of identity and belonging. I wanted what the world had to offer me - graduating from university and having a successful career that provided everything I wanted materially, but I didn’t have peace. I tried so many different avenues to find peace, but all failed! Finally, in desperation, I prayed for the Lord to take away the pain and change my life. I promised to serve Him even though I wasn’t sure what I was asking for. I just knew I was tired of the way things were. Eventually, I was delivered from the hopeless and purposeless life that I was living. God completely changed my life! He tore down my false identity and made me a new creation.

Now I have a close relationship with my Heavenly Father, the Creator of the Universe. He is near to me and speaks to me. God didn’t leave us to fend for ourselves - He is waiting for us to draw close to Him. We all have access to the love of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and for that, I will be forever grateful!

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Roberta Fiddler
Saskatoon, SK
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