Life…it is beautiful in so many ways. There truly is beauty all around if we just open our eyes to see it. While there are many beautiful things in life, it can also throw us some serious curveballs, leaving us in dark valleys. Even this life of faith!
Without a doubt, the biggest life event that has shaped who I am and that has changed my life, was becoming a ‘Christ follower’. I say it that way because nowadays you can say you are a Christian but not really follow Him or His ways. I grew up in a Christian believing family but I would not say any of us had given our hearts and lives to Jesus. The first time I remember hearing the gospel, the good news of Jesus, was in my junior year of College. I was studying music at Berklee and on the outside, life looked pretty good. I had everything this world says would make you ‘happy and fulfilled’. A dream job singing jazz on cruise lines and background vocals for top pop artists, the ‘cute boyfriend’, money, success, friends, great family and good health. But I KNEW something was missing. I knew there had to be more to life than your job, your calling, your success and your relationships.
You could say I was searching. Searching for truth and a deeper meaning of our existence and life. I always believed in God from a very young age and was drawn to things of the Spirit but I knew in my heart there had to be more.
The older I got the more aware I became of sin. This reality of living for ourselves, indulging in selfish ways, ultimately, this separation from God. Knowing right from wrong because we all have a conscience but choosing my own ways which always ended in heart ache and pain.
My life was eternally shaped at 21 when a classmate shared that Jesus loved me, wanted to forgive me and give me a fresh start in life. Offering me not just a ‘happy’ life with fleeting things this world has to offer but for an ABUNDANT LIFE, life forever. Eternity one day in heaven. I had never been taught about heaven and hell or the fact that Jesus went to the cross for me! For you…for every single person that will welcome Him in.
I was a brand new believer. I started reading the bible and was blown away at how relevant it was and its ability to address every issue of life. Things that used to hold me down, like guilt and shame, began to melt away in the truth of what my Savior did for me. True purpose and calling in life was made so much clearer, and I have never looked back.
Doing things God’s way is not always easy, but it does come with the best reward, knowing Him.
Fast-forward to the second most life shaping experience…
Having to navigate a really crappy health journey for years, overcoming chronic Lyme disease (I never would want anyone to walk this road so please check yourself for tick bites after you have been outside).
This was a long, hard journey filled with so many tears, physical and emotional pain and a lot of questions to God. I was challenged on why a Good Heavenly Father would allow one of His children to get so sick. But I came to realize that we all live in a broken world filled with evil and a very real enemy of the soul (Satan). It is not God who makes us sick. It is just a tragic part of the broken world we live in. The eternal hope a believer in Jesus has is that one day we will be healed and made whole whether that be here on earth or when we are with Him in Heaven. He makes all things new, whole, and healed.
This healing journey changed me in many ways. I am on the other side of it now healthy and thriving but it has truly deepened my faith and dependence on God. It has shown me that life is fickle. Enjoy each and every day. Love more, laugh more, be free and do the things that make you come alive. I have also come to have a deeper love and compassion for those battling sickness and for those who do not know Jesus are trying to fill their lives with their ‘own truth’.
I want to see people know this Mountain Mover, Soul Healer, the one who loves us more than any human ever will.
Keep your eyes on Jesus…these life experiences have both shown me He is the one that makes us whole and free.
Thoughtfully written by Jaime Jamgochian.
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