A couple of weeks after my last drinking, I walked into the Kuressaare City Church and I felt with all my heart, soul and spirit that this was where the secret of life is — the beginning and the end. I said, “God, here You are and here I am. This is where I want to stay!”
Every since I attended that church service I’ve felt overwhelming joy and contentment. None of life’s pleasures had ever been able to give me the kind of feeling my relationship with God has. Every time I had questions about certain things regarding faith in Christ, I found answers to them at the next church service. This strengthened my faith because only God knew my questions. My eyes were opened, I found reality and realised that there is Someone who always hears and wants to help me. He never wants to leave me. That “knowing” was affirmed by the concrete answers to my prayers.
My mum couldn’t recognise me at home any more; she would look at me with a questioning look, wondering if it really was me. I just wanted to tell her that, “Yes, it is me — the real Tiidrek now.”
As a believer, I realised that the inner voice that had often spoken to me when I was still a crook had been the voice of God’s Spirit. The Bible says that if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth, you will be saved. That means if you believe in God with all your heart and dare to say it out loud, then God will take you in and take care of you. I did that in April, 2003, and my life changed completely! I consider that moment to be the beginning of my new life.
The fact that I believe in God and His helping hand has given me everything: peace, joy, a loving heart and even everything that we need for today, such as money, shelter, food, clothes, and security for the future.
I know that wherever I go, there is my God. I simply talk to Him so He can help me; I read His Word to know His will. I go to church where I have my brothers and sisters, and compared to the “friends” of my old life, I feel their support always and in everything.
— Tiidrek Nurme, Estonian Olympic runner