Name: Shannon Yee
Occupation: Wife and Mother
Education: B.A. in Linguistics and French (University of Michigan, 2000)
This is my story:
When I was 5, my dad left us and I felt lost and fearful, but mostly angry and unloved. Those closest to me knew my bitterness and rage. With others, I was friendly and super talkative, but even that was insecurity. I so wanted to be loved and accepted.
As I moved into jr. high, my “friends” suddenly decided they didn’t want me anymore. I was devastated. The boy I liked didn’t like me and I was in a state of depression when I was challenged to choose that day who I would follow. Psalm 34 says that God is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit with an invitation to taste and see that God is good. I knew that I wasn’t good and I was so brokenhearted and desperately wanted to be saved from this life. These promises seemed almost too good to be true, but I chose that day to follow God and my life has never been the same.
God kept his promises. I knew that I was far from perfect. When I believed that God loved me so much that he gave his son, Jesus, to die in my place, I finally knew the love and acceptance that I had craved. I now have a security that comes from admitting my need and receiving His gift. While I didn’t change overnight, God did heal me. He healed my migraines and depression. He provided new friends, one of whom became my husband. After a while, I was even able to forgive my father. I still struggle with anger, but I am loved, accepted, and forgiven. I will keep serving God because He is loving and faithful. I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good.
Zephaniah 3:17 says: “The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” These few sentences sum it all up for me.
That is my story.