My usual car was at the dealer for a week as a recalled part was replaced. During this time, I was provided a loaner car. Pleased by this accommodation, the week afforded me the opportunity to see if this may be a car I would someday be interested in purchasing. Adorned with a beautiful paint job, heated leather seats, and the latest navigation cameras and satellite radio, I was smitten. The honeymoon lasted about two days. By day three, blemishes began to surface. Acceleration was lagging, the stability on tight turns was shaky, and gas mileage was not as generous as boasted. Undaunted, I was thankful for an opportunity to have the car for what amounted to an extended test drive when I could thoroughly audition it in actual real life driving conditions rather than the usual abbreviated course next to the dealership.
Before I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I had a dim view of Christians and everyone who was religious. I was an ardent and sometimes angry atheist. If I had to create a scenario or concoct a story that would lead me to God, it certainly would not be in the manner that He led me. But thanks be to God that my ways are not His ways! Through seemingly random encounters with friends and family, I became involved in a religious cult, one that preached a universalistic approach-all religions were different paths to the same god. With the same passion that I once belittled these religions, I was now actively studying them, even concurrently taking advanced courses in eastern religious studies in college. God was enabling me to literally sample a broad swath of religions, meticulously probing each to see if it made sense with my life and objectives. Without sounding irreverent, it was an extended spiritual test drive. And after one year, the truth was obvious.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Psalms 34:8 (ESV)
God allowed me a unique opportunity to taste and sample many religions. I emerged transformed and assured, confessing and repenting of my sins and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Only then was my spiritual hunger sated. What kind of God would do this? Only God who loves me so much that He died on the Cross for my sins in spite of my selfish denial of Him. God led me through several different religions all to show me that He is the Truth.
A spiritual test drive!
Praise God for His grace and mercy to me!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.