Written By Jodel Wright
(Ryan Walters.)- Good afternoon Ninety Eight Six readers.
I have a special feature to share with all of you today.
A significant testimonial piece of current ‘Ninety Eight Six Guest Blogger’ & once official blogger of the site, who helped me begin this blog, Jodel Wright.
I am posting this not only because Jodel had it on his heart to share, but also because I believe many of you could relate to his story & be moved by it. I mean, I know I can’t relate to such a story of growing up in poverty. Enjoy.
“For 14 years, I grew up in a home where Jesus was spoken of. My mom constructed the perspective of Jesus as a Provider in our lives. However, the enemy tried to break me.
He was successful.
My mom was resilient. She fought for me and never gave in.
For 14 years, I was broken. I lacked everything from clothing to food. Numerous nights, I fell asleep crying, asking God why. Then things changed. My mom married my step dad, who at first was nice and I thought everything would be okay but soon I came to find he was abusive: physically, emotionally and verbally.
Why would God bring us into all this turmoil after all I had been through?
It was in that home, that abusive home, where my relationship with Jesus became personal. I got baptized when I was twelve and many nights I fell asleep praying and reading my Bible. I learned from my Pastor that what the enemy means to hurt us with, God will use to build us.
For 14 years, I lived in poverty. Of those 14 years, two were filled with abuse. It was during those two years that God showed up, even though I knew He was with me all along. He showed up to DELIVER me.
Surprisingly, my step dad was trying to become a United States citizen but because of his criminal record, it would have hindered it. So my mother was needed to help him get citizenship. During that time, my dad decided he would file for me to be a U.S. citizen which he did. My mom and step dad got their citizenship and my sister and I got ours as well. A couple years later, my step dad passed away during my freshman year in college at Nyack College.
For 14 years, I was broken. I lacked everything from food, water, clothing and money but there I was- attending a college in the United States; there I was holding a United States passport in my hand.
For 14 years I was broken but for 14 years while just a child, I believed Jesus was a Provider. I believed that what the enemy meant to harm me, God would use to build me. Nine years since the age of fourteen, I still believe that Jesus is my Provider. I still am broken and am in need of His help each day, but God has planted in me His Spirit.
How can a child who had absolutely nothing; a child who was born into poverty; a child who fought to get an education; a child who thought he would die from hunger the majority of his nights growing up; how could THIS CHILD be where he is today?
Jesus did a miracle in my life. He took me from the lowest of the low, and there that same voice that cried out of hunger, was questioning the words of well-educated professors. I believe in my heart that God has a plan for my life that is so much greater than what I can see with my naked eyes. This belief is because for 14 years all I saw was poverty, but God had so much more in store.
God uses the broken. I consider my life as the story of Joseph because I know that God is going to use this unwanted child to be a vessel of hope for His people. Today may be difficult for me and frustrating. I may not have the job I wanted or the things I consider I need, but if God can do such a miracle in my life to get me where I am today then how much more will He be able to do in me and through me if I simply continue to have faith and believe.
I am holding onto that miracle because I know that God can perform it. Yes. He can perform it because He has a good and perfect plan for my life.
Where ever the enemy tries to break me, my God will always build me. His Glory will be known.”
Jodel Wright. ‘98.6 Too Cold’ Guest Blogger