Only when we’ve reached the absolute end of ourselves, through illness or death or divorce or incarceration, only when those predestined to receive the gift of salvation have reached the end of themselves, only then is the existence of God received.
Those who have survived a heart attack usually begin to watch what they eat. They exercise more. They become – teachable.
Coming to the end of ourselves defeats the usual dilatory nature of humans that is found in this area of life, and in turn our helplessness makes us spiritually teachable.
God's revelation about Himself to us is considered, and the possibility of salvation becomes real.
There comes a point when the gnawing insecurity that comes from a life without Jesus ceases to be helpful and simply grows other noxious troubles - insiderism, narcissism, phoniness, sniping - all of which degrade and obstruct the relationships that give life meaning.
Resistance is futile. Accepting the greatest love in the universe, accepting the forgiveness and freedom from real guilt that Jesus offers makes life brilliant and clear and peaceful.