A couple of weeks ago, my mother-in-law invited me to attend her church’s Women luncheon meeting. I accepted her invitation and went to the meeting with her. At the meeting, I was nervous because I only knew a couple of the ladies at the church. Yet, at that meeting, God spoke to my heart through a testimony of a young lady and her mother’s. At the end of the meeting, I was sure glad I was there.
The sharing of their testimonies began with the young lady who was on a wheel chair. Well, you might be thinking what happened? This young pretty lady was paralyzed due to a tragic automobile accident. The story began way before the tragic accident. She shared that she had been a good girl, raised in a christian family and would go to church with the family with no questions asked, sundays after sundays for years. Besides going to church, she spent most part of her years in gymnastic trainings. As you can see that gymnastics is her one passion in life. Later, she went on to share one tragic news with us. Her gymnastic coach whom she had been trained under for several years, died from a cancer. The tragic news blew her mind away. She was in shock.. It caused her to have doubts about the God she thought she knew at that time. She blamed God for taking her coach away from her. She started mixing around with a bunch of friends she should not have. Doing things that she knew were wrong and harmful to her. Yet, she held on to that attitude that she did not care. She went on to share with us about that one time when God seemed to speak to her through a testimony of another friend in church about putting Him first in life, she responded to God saying that she would never give gymnastics up for Him. All these happened prior to the accident that led her to a final confrontation with God.
Sometimes we think we can carry on with our lives, ignoring God, and get away with it. I think God loves us too much to let that happen to us and be satisfied that its the best for us. God knows much more than we do and He longs for us to have a good relationship with Him. The incident of that tragic accident happened because she wanted to hang around with her group of friends despite her mother’s repeated instructions to stay with her given tasks as her parents were away that weekend. She kept on pleading with her mom to let her go. Finally, her mother relented with instructions for her daughter to call and report of her where about intermittently. The greatest fear that her mother had came through when the parents received a call from the police of her daughter’s automobile accident.
Good News Amidst The Tragedy
It was during the moment when the young lady was trapped in the car that she started talking to God again. It was during the most difficult moment of her life that she felt the presence and the peace of God in her life. How ironic and how true it is! It is often in our desperation, that we finally choose to listen. It was on that day, the young lady found peace with God. During the time of her rehabilitation, she finally learned to put God first in all things. After a year, she is still adjusting to the new change in her life. She is dependent on her wheel chair now and for a period of time, she thought that she would never get back to gymnastics ever again. God put her in a great organization, Break The Barrier, that helps disabled children and young people through gymnastics to have a good quality of life. You see, God has not forgotten her dream.. In order to pursue God, God does not absolutely require that we give up our dreams for Him. It’s our hearts that matter to Him. If that dream is turned around and given to Him, then it would not be an object of competition, would it? He would give us anything that is good, not harmful. The most beautiful part of this testimony is watching her performing in her wheel chair, in a dance with a group of young ladies of her age.
As her mother shared her side of the story, we came to understand her struggles with God and her fear. One of the questions that she had to come to term with was this: ” Why would a loving God knowing that a girl’s dream depends on her feet, would take her feet away from her? ” You know, in her mother’s testimony, she shared that all she prayed and asked God for was a physical healing for her daughter. In the end, she understood why God allowed it. Her mother was looking at her daughter’s physical healing, but God was more interested in her daughter’s spiritual healing. Isn’t it amazing? After the accident, this family has been receiving blessings after blessings from people who are willing to help. They recognize the hands of God upon it all. The house has to be refurnished to accommodate the wheel chair and they are almost done with the refurnishing except the bathroom. Even so, they found an organization willing to remodel the bathroom for them at a low price.
One thing I learned from the testimonies, was that: ” when God brings us to Him, it is because He loves us and we are important to Him. ” Sometimes, we think God is punishing us.. on the contrary, it is Him getting our attention. Simply because we are heading the wrong direction. One precious thought that keeps dwelling in me since then is that no matter what we do or had done, God keeps in His mind our spoken dreams and He has not forgotten them. What a comfort to know and be reminded of that! No matter what, God remembers our life-time dreams dear friends. He has not forgotten! If only we would turn our dreams around and give them to God, He would honor our acts of faith! Lets just say: ” What God would do with it, so be it! ” And watch Him works. May you be truly blessed this day.