Murry Tabb
College of Law

Hello. My name is Murray Tabb. I am 43 years old, have been married to Diane for 18 years, and have three wonderful, active children. In my spare time, when I'm not coaching little league baseball, I am a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. I have a life that many would say is the "American Dream." However, let me briefly share my story of the "inner man" and how God touched my heart many years ago.

My freshman year in college was exciting, yet also lonely and difficult. I felt lost and without any direction or purpose. As I reflected on my life, I became despairing that I had few answers about what really mattered. One night about midnight, I opened a Bible that my mom had given me for graduation. I had grown up going to an Episcopal church in Dallas, Texas, but thought that being a Christian meant being morally upright and generally doing good things. I had never read the Bible, though, and just thought that it contained stories about morality, like Jonah and the whale. That night, the Bible randomly opened to the book of Romans, chapter 8 where I read:

Those words struck me with great power and spoke directly and plainly to the condition of my life and my search for meaning. But who was Christ? I had always just grouped Christ along with other historical great teachers and never seriously considered the claims of Christianity that Christ was the true Son of God. In the quiet of my dorm room that night I breathed a quick prayer "God, if you're really there listening I need someone to talk to about you. I don't know you."

With that, I closed the Bible and went down the hall to take a late shower. When I returned to my room, I started to open the door and saw two men walking toward me. By now it was almost 1:00 a.m. and the whole dorm was quiet. I briefly said hello and started walking into my room when one of them said, "Hey, do you have a second? We just finished a Campus Crusade meeting across campus and in our closing prayers felt that we should talk to someone about Christ. We went to the dorm next door and everyone was asleep. Then we started going up and down the floors of this dorm (I was on the 5th floor) and you're the only one awake."

Needless to say, I was trembling and scared. Could it really be that God had so swiftly answered my tiny prayer for help and guidance? Yet here were two friendly men at my door hoping to share about Christ with me. Well, I let the men into my room and they explained that we are all separated from God by our sin, yet Christ came to bridge the gap between God and man. The Bible further says that God stands at the door of our hearts knocking, and will come into our lives if we simply open the door and invite him in. I prayed and asked Christ to come into my life that night.

Many events have happened over the following years, some of which have been wonderful and others difficult, yet through it all I still know that God loves me, sent Christ to die for me, and is always there to work things out because he loves me.