From a Prison to a Palace…

From a Prison to a Palace…
Most of us will never get to visit the White House, much less get to live there. But for many months a murderer lived there. Mary Fitzpatrick. It was no secret. What she had done was known to the police, the FBI, the journalists and President Jimmy Carter and his wife.
She spent time in a Georgia prison, but on her parole was hired as their daughter Amy’s nanny when Mr. Carter was governor of Georgia. When he became President, she continued her duties in the White House.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick says she will be forever grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Carter for all they did for her. They showed her much love and kindness during the many years she was with them.
I guess we could say, they brought her from a prison to a palace!
Everyone who has trusted Christ as Saviour has a little understanding of how she must feel. Every redeemed soul is eternally grateful to our God, “…who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the Heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” Ephesians 2:4-7.
God has truly brought us from a prison to a palace!
Why? Were we better than Mary Fitzpatrick? No!
Before any one of us were saved we “…walked following to the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience…in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of our body and the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, like the rest of mankind,” Eph 2:2-3.
I think Hannah, the mother of Samuel, described it perfectly – and graphically! She said, “The Lord raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among prices to inherit the throne of glory,” 1Samuel 2:7-8.
It sure is no wonder she proclaimed, “…I rejoice in my salvation,” verse 1.