The first experience of salvation is when you wake up to your need for salvation.
If you have been Awakened
God pressed on you, in various ways, to prepare you for His truth. Common feelings He brings to the surface in awakening us is... conviction of sin, a burdened spirit, feelings of emptiness, a sense of need for answers; for rescue; for escape. a sense of spiritual restlessness; worry and finally desperation regarding life itself. God stirred attitudes in you like these until He had your attention and until your ears were open to His instruction...