My Life Was a Wreck – Part 2

The complete dependence on God, which I learned during my first car wreck, helped me to survive the devastation of divorce and to settle into a new life back in my home town.

About a year later, I drove home from work on my usual route, but my mind played a trick on me. Confusing the traffic light at the next street with the light in front of me, I ran a red light.

A large, commercial van t-boned my car, pushing the driver’s-side door twelve inches into the space where I was seat-belted behind the wheel.

Needless to say, my bones started breaking, one of them punctured my lung, and my head ricocheted back into the window. This impact shattered glass into my face, gave me a concussion and knocked me out.

Waking up in the hospital, I learned that my little finger had a compound fracture and 11 of my ribs broke in the impact. I had bruises and lacerations all over the left side of my body.

After getting shuffled around through excruciating x-rays and tests, I told the doctor I was through being tortured, and I wanted to go home.

Smiling to himself, he promised to send me home when my punctured lung healed. He informed me that most people with only a few broken ribs find it hard to breath, so I should be under an oxygen tent for a few days.

I declined His offer and slept in the chair overnight, because the only time I experienced pain was reclining or sitting up from a prone position.

From that same chair, I greeted a surprised doctor the next morning when he made his rounds. He had to keep his promise to send me home. Not only did I have no pain, I also had plenty of oxygen in my body and a healed lung.

At my follow-up appointment the next week, my still surprised doctor admitted that prayer and God’s grace were the only reasons I was not still in a hospital bed and under an oxygen tent. He released me to go back to work as a bookkeeper for my brother’s business.

God used this experience to bless my life in so many ways. The most important was God’s mercy to save my life once again.

The second benefit was that my fiancé’s love for me never diminished, even though I could have won the prize in a Frankenstein’s sister’s “look alike” contest.

Kevin, my parents and my three brothers did everything they could to make my life as easy as possible. Together, we witnessed God’s amazing healing power.

Though I slept in a recliner for three months until my ribs mended enough to lay down in a bed, I never had to take even one pain pill (Psalm 107:2).

Prayer:

Father God, the tiny piece of glass still lodged under the skin of my face is a constant memorial of Your glory and grace. The few ribs, which healed at angles, still poke my muscles to remind me that You hold the power of life and death in Your hands (Deuteronomy 32:39).

Although Satan tried again to snuff out my life, You had plans for me, which are always for my good and for Your glory (Psalm 147:3; Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:11). Without eternity, I would never have enough time to praise You for Your constant care for me (1 Peter 5:7).

Thought for the Day:

The unwavering love of the Lord never ceases and His mercy and grace never come to an end; in fact, they are new every single morning due to His great faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23

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The Most Vital Ministry

If you are an active person, a doer like I am, then sitting still and just “being” is very hard to do. ADHD affects more people than we realize, and it drives us to keep busy. We even multitask in an attempt to accomplish twice as much with our time. We do not let up until we are exhausted and fall into bed. In fact, as we lose our physical abilities, we fail to grow old gracefully.

Our hearing and eyesight diminish; our limbs freeze up or wear out; our mind wanders and our thoughts flow through it like a sieve. We may even get some terrible, dreaded disease and are bedridden, hospitalized or moved into a nursing home. We feel isolated, rejected and unloved by our family and especially by God.

When I remind the aging and infirmed that they can still pray, they look at me as if I have two heads. They know they can pray, but that is not what they want to do. They desire to be active again, to sing in the choir, to teach bible studies, to play with the babies in the nursery, to help around the church’s facilities or to cook in the church’s kitchen.

They listen to Satan’s lies and forget that God is never finished with us on this earth until our final breath. Although we can no longer perform in the ministries we once loved, there is one ministry that is always available to us. We can pray. Most people have the opinion that prayer is the least valuable of all the ministries in which a Believer may participate.

However, prayer changes things; it can move mountains (Mark 11:23). We always encounter God in our quiet times of prayer. We can pray regardless of where we are, our state of health or how old we are (Psalm 86:6-7). Many of God’s children enter a prayer ministry at a young age and recognize it as the most vital ministry given to us by God.

Prayer:
Father God, prayer keeps us connected to You, allows us to receive Your guidance, apprises You of our needs, removes our fear, proves that we have faith in You, allows us to confess all of our sins and keeps us surrendered to Your will. Remind us that through the power of prayer we can preach, cast out devils, heal the sick, cleanse the leper and raise the dead as we are guided by Your Holy Spirit (Mark 11:24; Philippians 4:6-7; James 5:16; 1 John 5:14-15; Matthew 10:8).

Thought for the Day:
Prayer is communion with God and that is what the Christian life is all about.

Love from the Inside Out

Our salvation has nothing to do with a mental assent, church attendance, Bible reading or believing in doctrine. We are saved only by faith in Christ’s redemptive work for us on Calvary’s cross. After salvation, we inevitably start sharing in our Savior’s sufferings. Our friends forsake us and many in our family consider us out of our mind.

God does not send us alone into rejection, peril, illness or catastrophe; but He walks through trials with us and in us. God’s love is always enveloping us. He surrounds us with His ministering angels to protect us and to provide for us, even in places like jail, the hospital or a mental institution (Hebrews 1:14). When those we know and love turn against us, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Prior to Salvation, we did not see God’s love in the perils of life. We did not look for the good in our trials and we blamed Him for them (Romans 8:28). Only the humble will hear of God’s faithfulness and be glad (Psalm 34:2). We all know that life in this world is very insecure. No one can prevent difficulty. Hardships come to us all. However, Jesus is the advocate, which never fails us (Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1).

God loves us and uses us to share His love with the world around us.
God’s divine nature in us is the supreme guarantee of His presence and nothing is higher or more powerful than Him. God’s Biblical promises and prophecy, His trustworthiness, archeological evidence and personal testimonies of His dealings with humanity all converge to give us a solid basis for our faith in Him.

Prayer:
Father God, our human tendency is to trust in our self for our well-being. However, life throws us curve balls, projected by sin and the curse bestowed on us by Adam and Eve. The wise soon learn not to lean on our own wisdom, but to put all of our faith in Your faithfulness (Proverbs 3:5-6). The proud have no place in Your Kingdom (James 4:6), so teach us to submit humbly to Your will for us, because Your love is greater than we can ever imagine.

Thought for the Day:
Every other love in our life is from the outside, but Jesus lives in us and loves us from the inside out.