A Little About Kari: My Road to Salvation

Finding redemption was a long road for me. Here is a type of autobiography. But in poem form. My name is Kari L. Greenaway and in 2000 I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I’d known of God since 4th grade, but I was terrified of Jesus. Which is odd, because He and the Father, as it is written, are One. So, I guess you could say, I had a fear of God also. That if I loved someone more than God, He would take them away and I was fearful of what it meant to make a commitment to Christ. Mainly because of perceived persecution. Fast-forward many years and if nothing else. I believed in God’s Word. And Jesus is the Word made flesh. My heart eventually softened as God drew me near and sought me out.

A Little About Kari: My Road to Salvation

I am a believer
Of Him who is Truth.
I’ve known of Him
Since I was a youth.

The road’s been long
And often diverged,
Of me running
While thoughts emerged.

My mind played tricks.
Truth? Hard to tell.
But I heard a voice,
Clear as a yell.

“Turn to the One
-The God who’s known
By the seeds of mercy
He has always sown.”

So, this I tried,
I tried to do.
Disorganized,
From a skewed view.

You’d think I’d know
From valley low
How far my Savior
He would go.

To have me close,
(He calls me dear.)
To stick by my side,
No matter the fear.

He did not leave,
(Will never go.)
He established himself
In my heart, just so.

He built it up
And claimed it true.
He started a fire
In me anew.

Words I’ve loved
Since when a child,
He took that love
And tamed my wild.

While He knows
What suits me best,
I’m thankful that
I’m put to test.

The valley low
I won’t forgo.
It’s where I’ll meet
The ones He’ll show.

I find a comfort,
A bliss of sorts,
To be Jesus’ feet,
Hands, cohort.

I do beseech,
I do request,
A message, a note
Of how you’re blessed.

If, in these pages
Rest you find
From words I’ve penned
Through gazing mind.

I will
Special requests consider
Of poems wanted,
My job is to minister

To those whose tongues
May not now know
The words to pen,
The rhymes to pose.

© Kari L. Greenaway

Photo of Author Kari L. Greenaway

Scripture Reference:
John 14:16 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

I used to try to get to the Father while denying Jesus my life. This is a sure way to get burnt. Psychosis has a funny way of twisting one’s mind (my mind at least.) And it made it seem as if redemption and love were two separate things. Salvation road is not hard to find. Especially when I look back and see how God guided me toward Himself. He used Jesus.

This poem can be found in the book, “Hope Doesn’t Hide: A Collection of Christian Poetry”

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