Grief turned into joy
by Vijay Kumar
(Guru har Sahai, Ferrozpur (Punjab))
My name is Vijay Kumar and hails from Punjab. I was born and brought up in a staunch Hindu family. I also pursued this religion very avidly with my parents. They have followed this religion studiously in order to obtain peace. Sadly, all our rituals were ineffective and we remained peace less. But one good thing in our family was that my mother had a Christian background. But right after her marriage she adopted Hinduism. Though, she is a Hindu now, nevertheless she sings songs and prays at the auspicious occasions like Christmas and Good Friday. Thus, Lord paved the way for my salvation. She taught me Lord’s Prayer and some Christian songs too. All these things gave birth to a hankering into my heart to know more about Jesus Christ. One day I had gone to attend one meeting along with my mother. I saw a colossal congregation worshiping Christ the creator of the entire universe; joy and happiness was on their faces. Throngs of people were crying for their salvation to the God of heaven; this scene pricked my heart. I saw many people responded to the alter call; which was given by the preacher. I also wanted to go forward for the salvation but I could not get near to the pulpit due to the great multitude. This sight touched my heart and made room in my mind. When we came back to our home I knelt down on my bed and surrendered my life to Jesus.
As I was growing up things begin to faded-away from my mind. However by God’s grace I got a chance to study in a Christian school; which was just walking distance from my home. There I met some Christian students; who helped me to know more about Jesus Christ. I was pretty happy; the way my friends taught me about Lord Jesus Christ being in the school. Nevertheless, I had to leave the school due to some reasons. Therefore I left my Christian school and got admission in another school, which wasn’t a Christian school. Gradually my zeal for the Lord began to demise. Subsequently, a moment came into my life; where I was lost in the worldly pleasure comprehensively.
But, one day I met Pastor Pyare Lal while I was with my friend. That was the turning point of my life. The man of God led me on right track with Godly guidance. He prayed and helped me to give up all the detestable practices from my life. Now I become regular member of his church. Right after my studies, I wanted to go for Bible study. My Pastor encouraged me to go but my parents underestimated my desire. I prayed for this subject along with my Pastor and finally my parents allowed me to go for Bible study.
Now, I got an enrolment at Filadelfia Bible College in Rajasthan. The Lord used me and my family came to Jesus. Lord blessed us with His peace we were waiting for. I was very happy and everything was going well. But one day, a tragedy took place in our family life; my father met with a fatal accident and was passed away. This occurrence turned our lives up and down. People started to speak different things rather than consoling us. We were in very difficult situation especially I, for I had to go to my collage in order complete my theological studies. My family encouraged me to do so. I took determined steps with prayer and went back to Rajasthan. By God’s grace I finished my studies and got the privilege to serve Him. The Lord removed all the hurdles and turned our sorrowful condition into joy. I got married with a Godly lady Renu and then the Lord blessed me with a female child Jennifer. In plain words, He has done all those things which were beyond our reach. I am blessed richly in Jesus Christ!