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Discovering Your Destiny
With her exposure to the occult for many years, Marcia Montenegro recognized the surpassing greatness of the power of God when she encountered Christ.

It’s the story of one woman’s journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia played out on the big screen. 

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Moviegoers flocked to theatres to watch the journey of Elizabeth Gilbert in her search for self-discovery and destiny. Starring Julia Roberts and based on the bestselling book, Eat, Pray, Love, has been drawing audiences since opening day as people can relate their own story to Gilbert’s.

Many find themselves on a journey in search for meaning, fulfillment, and love.

Marcia Montenegro was one such person. She was looking for answers to the questions of “Why am I here? What is my life about? And where am I going?”

“I’ve gone on such a journey. I didn’t take a physical journey like Elizabeth Gilbert, I didn’t go out of the country, but I was on a journey, definitely,” she says.

Montenegro’s was a journey of different experiences as she hunted for answers.

“I was drawn to the eastern religions and at the same time I was interested in the supernatural world and astrology. I got involved in the eastern religions through reading and going to different groups like a Tibetan Buddhist group and a Zen Buddhist group,” she recalls.

Practicing as a professional astrologer for eight years, the mother of one made a name for herself in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I taught astrology, gave public talks, wrote for astrological and New Age journals, and sat on the board of astrology examiners that gave and graded the exams, becoming chairman of that board,” she says.

While she was successful and respected, Montenegro was still unfulfilled. “With all the knowledge and experience I had acquired, what were the answers?” Her journey led her to many different philosophies and teachers, but unsatisfied, she continued to search.

Her journey took an unexpected, even miraculous, turn in the spring of 1990.

“I was very hostile to Christianity … (but) I started getting a compulsion to go to church,” she recalls. “I first ignored this compulsion, then resisted it, and then, after struggling against it for awhile, I decided to give in, hoping it would go away.”

Picking a large church where she was sure no one would recognize her, Montenegro sat in the back and planned to leave early. The morning didn’t go as she expected.

“The service began, and I felt this overwhelming love falling on me,” she explains. “There was nothing warm and fuzzy about it. It wasn’t like a kind of nice feeling you get from music or something sentimental. It was really powerful.

“I knew it had nothing to do with the people in the church, or with me, or anything. It just came out of the blue and I knew it was from a personal God. I just knew it.” Montenegro ended up staying for the whole service, and returning the following weeks.

After several weeks, with the feeling God wanted her to stop practicing astrology, she stopped making star charts and giving conferences. “This was clearly from God, because I was very happy as an astrologer.”

As she learned more about Jesus Christ through reading the Bible, Montenegro came to a realization.

“I was separated from God by everything I had done in my past – I had lived my whole life based on my will, a will that had rejected and defied God and His Word.

“I realized that the only way to be forgiven, the only way to be reconciled with God, was through Jesus,” she says. After inviting Christ into her life, “I knew in that moment, I was a new person.”

Montenegro began to discover the answers to questions she had been searching for as she found her destiny as a Christian.

“I exposed myself to a lot of ideas and things before I became a Christian, trying to answer the questions of why I was here, what my life was about, and where I was going,” she says.

“I have to say that after knowing Jesus, the true Jesus, those questions were all answered. And even if I don’t have all the little answers, I know that I can trust God. I know that I can trust Christ with whatever happens to me and whatever will happen to me.”

Remembering her past experiences, Montenegro is understanding of those who, like Gilbert, are still on their journey. “I think Elizabeth Gilbert was going through a lot of pain and turmoil at the end of her marriage,” she says.

She can see the motivation some have to embark on a search for their destiny. “I think somebody who was going through pain or feels they need to reprioritize their life … or feel they need something else in their life, they feel there has to be something more.”

While acknowledging that being a Christian doesn’t automatically give you all the answers, she says having a relationship with God offers the fulfillment many seek.

“There is a rest, a sense of peace in knowing Christ and knowing He provided a way for redemption for all mankind,” she says.

“So no matter what happens, you are anchored in Christ. The waves may be rocking, the boat may be bobbing on the waves, but the anchor can be counted on. The boat will stay. That’s the kind of life that God offers.”

After so many years of searching, Montenegro found her destiny when God forgave her sins and she entered into a relationship with Him that will extend into Heaven. “Jesus Christ willingly … laid down His life and died an agonizing death to pay for our sins …

“The hard part had been done. That was done by Christ for us. Trusting Christ and accepting what He’s done for us is the way to redemption. We don’t get any credit for it, but we get eternity with God.”

For more info on Marcia Montenegro, visit www.christiananswersforthenewage.org.   

Originally published in Living Light News, September 2010.

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