|Testimony of Norbert Smith
God is so very good. Great is His patience! Let me start before I was born. Remember the Living God knew each of us intimately BEFORE the foundations of the earth were laid. During the last part of my mother's pregnancy, my Mother felt God wanted me for ministry. She fought the urging. Pride caused her to argue with God. She wanted me to be successful and make money, NOT be a preacher! God prevailed and shortly before my birth she surrendered and dedicated my life to His service. My parents divorced when I was only a few months old. My Mother and her parents reared me in a Christian home on the family farm in western Oklahoma where I now live. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at the tender age of 6. Unfortunately my mother remarried when I was 9 years old and my stepfather was a pedophile. I was sexually abused until he went to prison when I was 12. As a young teenager, I felt the call of God on my life and surrendered to special service. I did NOT feel a call to become a preacher and felt God was somehow calling me to special service in the area of science and the Bible, for I have always loved science and animals.
Time pasted; yet I heard nothing more from God. In high school when my Biology teacher got to the section in our textbook about evolution, she closed the textbook and read the first three chapters of Genesis. As a typically rebellious teenager, I was outraged and promptly went to the bookstore and purchased Charles Darwin's, Origin of the Species, read it and became infatuated with evolution. At first I thought maybe this was the way God created the plants and animals. Soon I doubted the Biblical time scale and some of the Old Testament miracles. Sadly, many of our denominational churches and "Christian" colleges have gone down this very same path.
Years passed. I served 4 years in the US Air Force and following my discharge worked at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. By the grace of the Living God, a Christian co-worker shared a book, The Genesis Flood by Morris and Whitcomb. The Holy Spirit used that book to forever change my life. It became clear the true facts of science do NOT support evolution. More importantly the Word of God can be trusted and is without error! Again, I felt God calling me to ministry in the area of science and the Bible. In response to His urging, I gave up my electronics job to attend college and study Biology. Along the way I felt strong conformation that I was indeed following God's will and purpose for my life as I earned my BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees. There were many occasions where I witnessed the power of God as He opened doors and protected me during my education.
Upon graduation I sought Christian ministry positions and found none. Discouraged and not wanting to teach, I felt I had no option but to accept a teaching position, first in Kansas, then New York and finally at Northeastern Oklahoma University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. They were all secular jobs. In spite of my publishing over 100 technical papers while at Northeastern, I did not gain tenure. In other words I got fired or sacked. Part of the reason was due to my lack of acceptance of evolution. The department chairman had been out of town when the Dean offered me the position. After finding out I was a Creationist he made it clear he would do everything in his power to fire me. He did. I retreated back to the farm of my youth and after working in the oil field as a roughneck, I finally accepted a teaching position at a community college. More time passed. My marriage, while never good, rapidly deteriorated and my wife left and filed for divorce after 31 years of marriage. I was devastated.
Here my testimony turns dark for like King David of old my greatest sins came in mid-life after walking with God many years. I fell into sexual sins including fornication and adultery. Like King David, I repented and God is so very patient and forgiving. Like King David, God still had work for me to accomplish! Praise the Living God who is long suffering with his wayward children! After my divorce I did not make enough money to survive and became a truck driver. Still, I had to sell a portion of the family farm. The first few years as a truck driver, I felt I was truly in the wilderness. I listened to preaching tapes and praise music while driving. I studied the Word and prayed and slowly begin to grow as a Christian. God remade me from the ground up. I continue to grow and feel I am now waiting on the Lord for a job, but waiting on the Lord is not a bad place. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. (Ps 37:9, NKJ) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isa 40:31, KJV)
While on the road, I became associated with my daughter's church in Colorado and the rest, as they say, is history. I now feel this online ministry is what God has called me to accomplish and each of you are a very important of that ministry.
PRAISE THE GOD OF A SECOND CHANCE!