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News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 7 Winter 2008
Captain Trish Tazzini-Lloyd

One step at a time

I have many great loves and passions in life. Those of you who know me will know my great liking for all things chocolate. I love God and my heart is simply to be with people, to love them and share Jesus with them. I enjoy hearing people tell stories of their life (perhaps I am just nosey!) I had the real thrill several years ago of sharing in a school class where the children asked me what faith is. I asked them what they thought faith was all about before I gave my answer. "Can I think about that for a while?" said one of the young boys. And from another, "Faith is hoping above everything else."

Like the first boy, many people like to think about faith, or perhaps wonder what it is. People may place their faith in gadgets (I do, when I use my tom-tom!) or in people. My faith is based in one who has never failed me Jesus Christ.

I wasnt born into any faith (I dont think you can be). I did the normal Sunday School thing as a youngster, but to be honest it was simply a place for me to be away from other stuff happening in my life. It wasnt really until I was about 15 years old that I was challenged in matters of faith by a four-year-old girl. She stated very boldly that she wanted to be on Gods side and follow him. A four-year-old knew the simple truth that God loves, that God cares and that God would help her.

Just after that, a friend spoke some words which I have never forgotten: "Faith is taking the first step, even when you dont see the whole staircase" (words quoted I believe from Dr Martin Luther King). This is it for me. I have what many people would call a simple, but rock-like faith. I have faith that there is a God who loves, a God who cares, and a God who will never leave me nor forsake me.

In my lifes journey, there have been many changes, difficulties and turmoil (and they still happen). But through it all, I know that with Jesus in the driving seat of my life, He has brought me through and continues to do so.

Who is in the driving seat of your life?