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Isaiah 41:10 – Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (NIV)
This is my friend Esther's story:
- People say that there is no God, that there are many gods, or that our God is not all-powerful. I tell you that there is a perfect, Almighty God, and He is with us through all circumstances.
On December 23, 2009, my husband, our sons, and I had a serious collision with a semi-trailer truck. The last word that my husband heard from me was "Jesus!" I had a skull fracture, a traumatic brain injury, back and pelvic fractures, and a right lung contusion. I was taken to the hospital, had brain surgery, and was in a coma for 21 days. I had a tracheotomy and gastric tube, and an intracranial pressure monitor to control brain compression. When I awoke, I was unable to follow simple commands or to form new memories. I suffered cognitive and balance deficits as well as spasticity, hypertension, and depression. I was in the intensive care unit for a long time.
I spent months in hospitalized rehabilitation. This was followed by outpatient speech and physical therapy for many subsequent months. Although I continue to have balance and short-term memory problems, I am very happy, because God Almighty saved my life and the lives of my family.
What do we do when we face life-altering challenges? What are you facing now that you cannot possibly control or handle by yourself? During my hospital stay, I had to remind myself that our lives and our times are in God's hands, and our hope is in Him alone. I am not afraid, because I believe that Jesus Christ is the Rock that we can stand upon. He is the reason that my family and I are alive today.
Joshua 1:9b – Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)
Do you have the conviction that God is with you always?
Psalm 34:17 – The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (NIV)
You may or may not require a miracle, but in all circumstances, we need God's intervention in our lives. What situation are you going through now that requires God's help? I called upon the Lord in trouble, and He delivered me. I started by using a wheelchair, a walker, and then a cane. To this day, I continue to improve. I am now active in both my church and my community as a volunteer. God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good. He has given me a miracle. Do you believe that God can give you a miracle?
Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus, protect and bless all of Your children. Open doors in our lives that appear closed. Give us a double portion of Your Spirit as we face challenges with emotional and physical health, finances, relationships, children, jobs, homes, and marriages. We thank You, Almighty God, for speaking life into dead situations. We thank You for walking beside us each minute of every day. We know that You will never forsake us. Amen.