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"Searching for God in all
the Wrong Places"

I had been searching for God in all the wrong places. The first time I distinctly heard God speak to me was in high school, the first time I smoked marijuana.

I heard a clear voice that said something very close to, "these are BAD people," and I knew it was God, but I didn't want to believe it. Those people ended up leading me down a long path of destruction, and I was very lost for a very long time.

I spent a lot of my 20's delving into "new age" techniques, philosophies, etc. I tried to become "one" with God but was never satisfied.

I saw Jesus as a new age "consciousness," but not as my Savior. I would pray to him but only half-heartedly, I never fully believed, and I don't think I really wanted to.

Fast forward to about a year and a half ago (I'm 30 now). My fiancé and I were walking in a park, and all of a sudden, a duck ran up to us, wagging its tail. It had a look in its eyes that reminded me of my cats (whom I'm very close with).

It had a spirit in it that I'd never seen before in a wild animal. We thought it was cute, and we started walking, and it started following us. All of a sudden, we realized that maybe the duck wanted us to follow IT.

When we started walking after it, it started running excitedly, wagging its tail and looking back to make sure we were still following it. We thought that maybe it wanted to show us its ducklings, maybe something was wrong, and it needed help.

It took us all the way to the river, and once it got there, it jumped in the water and started peacefully swimming. The only way we could get to where it was was by going up on a little bridge that was like an overlook on top of the riverbed.

We followed the duck the best we could, then all of a sudden, it stopped swimming and was fairly still below the bridge.

My fiancé happened to look down, and on the ground in front of us was a card with a big cross that said, "Jesus is the ONE WAY to heaven," along with some other Bible verses. The card was not affiliated with a church, just a website called Moments With The Book.

I looked over at the duck, which was still in the water, but this time it was gloriously splashing and pruning its feathers as if it was baptizing itself. We didn't know what to think, so we started heading home when I decided I wanted to take a picture of the duck.

So we turned around and looked for it, but couldn't find it anywhere. There were just a bunch of normal ducks who were afraid of us like usual. Anyway, that put a spark in me that I could not let go of.

A few months ago, I turned 30, and I made a pact with myself that I was done with my old way of life; I wanted to be mature, peaceful, and positive. I started reading the Bible. Once I started reading the Bible every day is when I began to feel a true change from the Holy Spirit.

I repented and declared, "Jesus is Lord." Ever since, I've been having conversations with the Holy Spirit inside, praying nonstop, and having dreams of a different quality.

Thank you, Jesus, for blessing me with the grace of God. I pray for you to grace others who are searching for you like I was!

Nadia: United States

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