Tricia Heng, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, knows firsthand the difference a stranger's help makes. A divorced mother trying to survive in a dark world without God, Tricia's life was spiraling out of control because of her rebellious, materialistic, and destructive lifestyle.
"I never really believed God loved me, so I looked for love in all the wrong places—men, work, and achievements. It was never enough. When my marriage failed, I tricked myself into believing God would never help me if I couldn't even make my own marriage last," she says. "I believed at my core that God was angry with me because of all the mistakes I made. At that time I was in a destructive relationship, couldn't make financial ends meet, and was knee deep in sin."
The best way she could describe herself was a prodigal child.
Finally one night, two years after her divorce, the desperation of her situation overwhelmed her. Tricia realized she was at the end of herself and needed help. With her world crashing down around her, she started to look up. Despair, combined with feelings of hopelessness and loneliness, caused her to reflect on specific instances from her past concerning God and she reached out to a priest for counsel. He graciously listened as she shared her heart with him. He suggested turning to the Bible for words of comfort.
Hands trembling, Tricia opened her first Bible at the age of 33. "I was in a deep, dark pit," she says. "I was willing to try anything to get out."1