By: Charles G. Laws
The earliest recollection I have of my life was when I was six or seven years old. I loved playing outside with bushes, flowers, and nature around me, a trait that has followed me throughout my life. I enjoyed nature and did much thinking upon how did things come to be as they were. I knew that it was not by chance and observed that nature followed cycles; cycles of beginning, cycles of growth and cycles of death. I looked into the skies many times and observed the patterns there: the moon went through its phases as it revolved around the earth, held there in its position by some unknown force. The sun rose in the East and set in the West daily. The hours of daylight changed from long days of sunshine to very short days of sunshine and the moon varied accordingly. I looked into the night skies and saw the stars, each one following its pattern with regularity. All of this beauty and regularity could not be by chance, so I arrived at a premise that all the patterns and regularity were controlled; there had to be a God, an all-powerful being, who created all of this beauty and controlled the perfect timing of it all. Now I knew of this God but did not know Him. Could a human, just a little boy or anyone for that matter, come to know this being who created the universe and controlled it?
My family did not go to church and I had no knowledge about what church was about. Several years later a lady, Mrs. B, came around the neighborhood, which was largely unchurched, asking children to go to church and Sunday school. She would pick them up and bring them back home after it was over. I gladly volunteered to go. Maybe I would learn of this God that I believed existed! It wasn’t long before I encountered John 3:16,17 the most profound statement I had ever heard:
16) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.
Here the words “God ” and “Son” are capitalized, meaning that not just any god, but the God who created all things. The teacher went on to explain that God sent His Son into the world to save it and gave himself as a sacrifice because we all had sinned and come short of the glory of God. The fact that “whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life” was also profound the first time I heard it and is still profound today. The teacher gave an “altar call” right there in the Sunday School room to accept God’s Son as Lord and Savior. I thought “If someone would die for me, forgive me of all my sins, and give me eternal life,” then they are certainly worthy of my accepting them. I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior that morning. I became a changed person because I now not only knew of God and his Son, but I knew Him!
Charles G. Laws is a retired college math professor and writer.
He has a B.A. Degree with a major in Mathematics and minors
in Physics/Education from Austin Peay State University in
Clarksville, TN and M.A. Degree with a major in mathematics
from the University of Tennessee (UTK). He is active in his Church,
enjoys reading, chess, walking, listening to music, and time with his
family and friends.