Nathan VanLochem: A story of patience
I grew up in a Christian home and still feel blessed for that to this day. In my late teens and early 20s, I tried living for myself and stopped attending church regularly. I would continually try to block out the Holy Spirit convicting me away from the path I was taking. I started partying a lot and it became my main focus in life. I also had little to no patience for anything or anyone and I used to stress and worry about everything.
I still remember the feeling of being so lost. My thoughts were so scattered that it would regularly affect my sleep.
It came to a point when I was 22 years old that I had to stop smoking pot … period. I didn’t like who I’d become and I spent the next year getting my head clear. I started going to church again, turned my life back to God and accepted Christ as my Saviour. I feel like God through his grace gave me a second life. I never wanted to look back.
For the next 10 years, I started praying for patience. One area I needed to be patient with, was finding my wife. I moved to Whistler when I was 25. It was in Whistler that Tim Unruh, the pastor of the Whistler Community Church, challenged me to pray for God’s woman in God’s time. So that’s what I prayed everyday for three years.
There were so many Christians from different denomination backgrounds in Whistler that all worshipped together and I was often challenged and encouraged to live for God.
Back to the wife thing, God sure did answer my prayers and I am now a husband to a wonderful wife and a father to a beautiful baby girl. Yes! Marriage and fatherhood have given me a deep joy and sense of responsibility. It’s hard to describe.
The Holy Spirit has and is continually challenging me to be the kind of Dad and husband God intended for me to be. Since coming to the Rock Church, I have been encouraged to grow deeper in my relationship with Christ. I am excited and I am beginning to understand what it means to live for Christ in every area of my life.
Almost 10 years after I turned my life back to the Lord, I am still so thankful for God’s blessings in my life and how He continually forgives me.
I am being baptized today because I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to this place. I want to proclaim what Christ has done in my life.
I want to be obedient to Christ and in doing so, be an example to my family and friends. I am a work in progress. I am being challenged to live for God with my seatbelt off.
And Jesus came and said to them ” All authority in heaven and on earth had been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.