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This Month's Message

Julie’s Search

By Fran Caffey Sandin

At twenty-two Julie ran a successful business in Beverly Hills, California, designing and maintaining window mannequin displays for forty high-fashion stores. Her generous income allowed her to buy pricey clothes, a car, furniture, whatever she wanted. Yet her consumer lifestyle left her feeling empty and shallow. She kept wondering, what is missing?

Her orthodox Jewish grandmother had planted seeds of spiritual interest and she remembered that her grandparents had taken her to the synagogue every month. However, her middle-class Gentile father and Jewish mother had said, “You and your sister can make up your own minds about religion.” While she didn’t attend church, she sometimes opened a large, coffee-table family Bible and studied the impressive, colorful illustrations. When she looked at the stars at night and smelled the roses by the window, she knew in her heart that God had made them, and that He knew her.

Julie recalled that prior to her financial success she had temporarily driven a bus for handicapped children. She was impressed when mothers with smiling faces and peaceful countenances came out to meet their children. Although most lived in poverty, Julie began to wonder, what do they have that I don’t have?

Years later Julie began the search to find answers to her questions. During her years of financial success, she had made friends who celebrated deeds of darkness. Realizing that, she decided to leave those friends. She began distributing her possessions, and with only the remaining essentials, set out to find God and meaning in life. In Santa Cruz she tried yoga, palm reading, tarot cards, vegetarian diets, and conversing with various “New Age” gurus. All the Eastern religious meditation methods were dead-end roads. Nothing filled the emptiness in her soul.

Years later when she moved to Alaska, a couple invited her to their home for dinner. After dinner when Mick began teaching the Bible to a small group that had gathered, Julie felt her heart calmed, warm, and secure. Hearing God’s words touched her deeply and she knew, this is Truth, listen carefully.Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only few find it” (Matt. 7: 13-14 NIV).

Mick explained that God loves sinners and that Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus) became the perfect Passover Lamb, shedding His blood and dying in her place, giving Julie life forever in heaven.
With a repentant heart, Julie asked God to forgive her sins, and she received Jesus as her savior.
At last Julie was free! She said, Now I have the answer for which I’ve searching for the past ten years! The verse is true: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29: 13 NIV).
Now that Julie has found Yeshua, she wants others to find him, too.

Adapted from the chapter, My Search for Yeshua in Fran’s book, Touching the Clouds: True Stories To Strengthen Your Faith.