I was born in Iran to a Muslim family. We all loved and cared for each other. I learned about Christianity from school and my parents. I asked my mother why Isa was crucified. She answered, “Jesus claimed to be God’s Son. But God is one and He didn’t marry or have a son.”
When I graduated from high school, my parents decided I should marry before going to the U.S. to continue my studies. The separation from my parents and the adjustment to a new country was very difficult. I lived on the hope that the moment I finished college, I would return home.
It was not long until we began to hear of problems in Iran. Iranians in the U.S. began to face difficulties when the U.S. Embassy was taken over. The U.S. froze all Iranian assets.
We had to support ourselves. We weren’t supposed to work because of our student visas. But we had to work to survive. I stopped going to school so I could work. With two small children, my income was not enough, so my husband started working. We were stressed, anxious, and fearful.
Living in Fear
Now that I needed him, God seemed far away. I sent my children to a church preschool because I felt they would receive less harassment. I began living on tranquilizers. My doctor told me I was depressed and I needed to return to Iran. I wanted to, but I couldn’t.
The church offered an aerobics class. Exercise was one of my doctor’s prescriptions to deal with the anxiety, so I went. The ladies in the class were very kind to me.
In the meantime, my husband and I saw many attorneys. We finally found one who told us the U.S. Department of Labor would grant my husband a permit if a company maintained that his skills were essential. Finally, my husband received an offer. We immediately took the documents to our attorney, but the Department of Labor denied our request. We were devastated!
As I went to bed that night, one bright thought entered my mind: I was going to aerobics the next morning. When one of the ladies asked if there were any prayer requests, I poured out my problems. They listened. And then they prayed for me. That evening I prayed, “Isa, if you are the true God, tell me what to do about my problems.”
That night, I dreamed that my children and I were going to Jerusalem to see Isa Al-Masih. We finally arrived and stood in front of a brick wall. But there was no door. I started to cry and said, “Isa, I came all this way to see you. There is no door. Is there no way of reaching you, either?” We began to ascend, until we stopped in front of the Heavenly Gate. It opened, and we walked inside. I saw a person welcoming me with open arms. I knew immediately that this man was Isa!
I told Him everything. The depression and anxiety gradually disappeared. When I was too tired to talk anymore, Isa read my mind and continued to answer me. He gave me all the time I needed and answered all of my questions. I had found the true God! With that, I woke up.
The following day, my depression and frustration were still gone! That evening, our lawyer called. This time he said, “The Department of Labor has approved your husband’s labor certificate!”
Isa has proven to be my provider and my sufficiency. He has given me His strength, so I don’t bend under the weight of worries and cares. He has given me joy in the midst of tears. He has promised me that He will never leave me nor forsake me! I don’t just have a God – I have a heavenly Father!
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