This is the Metropolitan Correctional Center – the Federal Prison in San Diego where I was in 2001 – THIS is the VERY building where I gave my heart and life to Jesus Christ! And I never looked back!
It was here in THIS BUILDING that I developed the COURAGEOUS FAITH to believe that God had plans for my life – for good and not evil – for a hope & a future!
It was here in THIS VERY BUILDING God sent a volunteer woman prison minister to come to the 5th floor, sit on my bunk, and tell me over and over that Jesus loved me, hung & died on a cross for me, and would forgive me if I would repent of my sins and surrender my life to Him!
It was here in THIS BUILDING I read the words of Joshua 1:9 for the very first time: “Have I not commanded you? Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!”
This building is supposed to be a place of confinement and punishment – but for ME it became a place of freedom, sobriety, and a second chance at LIFE! “Man” created this building as a place to protect society from criminals – but “God” set me in this building to prepare me to be a blessing to society – a light to a dark world – truth in a world that is full of confusion and lies!
In this place of confinement I was SET FREE from sin and darkness! In this place of confinement, chains and strongholds were forever broken off my life!
Do you feel like you are in a hard place right now? LOOK AT THIS BUILDING! The “reality” of this physical building could not stop God’s GOOD PLAN AND PURPOSES FOR MY LIFE! And – the “reality” of YOUR hard situation & circumstances CAN NOT STOP OR HINDER God’s good plan and purposes for your life!! God is already working out what you’re worried about! While you’re worrying, God is working! He does some of His best work in the dark! And just because you can’t SEE it, doesn’t mean it’s not in progress! In fact – your present painful circumstances could be ordained by God as the vehicle (or building) through which EVERYTHING CHANGES and your destiny is formed!!!
One day you will look back and be SO GLAD YOU CHOSE COURAGE!!!