From Tragedy to Blessings – Stories of Grace – God is on Your Side

II Corinthians 4 8 God is on your sideI met a man named Jared this week that told me his incredible story. I noticed that he was limping and I asked him if he had injured his leg. He began telling me his unbelievable story.

Earlier this year, he was in a retail store shopping. He was standing at the check-out counter when he felt something push him from behind. The next thing he was on the ground and a car was above him. A driver had lost control of their vehicle, and plowed through the front of the store running him over in the process. The car had broken his hip and leg.

Jared had struggled over the last year financially as his business has fallen on hard times and he had become quite distraught as he struggled to make ends meet. As he rode in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, he wondered what he was going to do. Not yet knowing the extent of his injuries, he knew that he would be out of work completely for quite some time.

As the doctors examined him in the emergency room they decided to give him a full body CAT scan to see if he had any internal injuries. It was at that time they discovered the life threatening aneurism near his heart. An aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in an artery. Arteries have thick walls to withstand normal blood pressure. However, certain medical problems, genetic conditions, and trauma can damage or injure artery walls. The force of blood pushing against the weakened or injured walls can cause an aneurysm.

When an aneurism ruptures and bursts it causes dangerous bleeding inside the body. The split causes bleeding into and along the layers of the artery wall. An aneurism is often fatal. The doctors told him that he had the aneurism a long time, and according to the size of it, he should have already been dead. The car hitting him had saved his life as the CAT scan enabled the doctors to see his life threatening condition. He was taken into emergency surgery where doctors repaired the aneurism, saving his life.

As we talked he told me that up until that time he had never believed in God, but he had an instant change of heart, believing that God’s grace had saved his life. “God works in mysterious ways, look how he found me” he said with a twinkle in his eyes and a big smile on his face. Pain and suffering notwithstanding from the injuries from the car wreck, he was given a handsome settlement from the insurance company.

He had found a verse in the Bible that he quoted to me from Genesis 50:20 saying, They intended to harm me, but God intended it for my good to save my life. Even though he did not quote it exactly right, it works for him and it sure worked for me, touching my heart – bringing tears to my eyes.

I never tire of listening to stories of God’s mercy and saving grace touching and saving people’s lives.

2 Corinthians 4:8-10  We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t been broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us – trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, He does in us – He lives!

So even when things are looking bad, never give up. Even though on the outside it often looks like things might be falling apart, look on the inside where God is making a new life for you. Not a day goes by without his unfolding, life-saving, renewing grace.



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19 replies

  1. Amazing story Darrell. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Darrell, thank you for sharing this testimony of God’s grace. I am sure there are many of our readers today who are in tough financial, health, relationship situations who will be encouraged by this wonderful testimony. Apprecuate your OK for it to be shared with my blog readers on Sunday 5 October, 2014. Thanks in advance.
    Bless you.
    Evelyn

  3. What a testament to how God works ALL things together for our good!

  4. This is so inspiring, thank you for sharing this story. God Bless.

  5. Wow, this is an incredible story! I need reminding that God still is in control and loves me. Thanks Meghan

  6. It is indeed wonderful Darrell how God can bring good from those things that afflict us and cause us suffering and hardship but we can have full assurance that they don’t come through Him (see below) the Scriptures also tell us He does not do evil to bring good out of it and nor do we as His redeemed Children, to deliberately seek to hurt someone physically or even emotionally is very evil but we do reap what we sow, others hurt us or Satan puts us to the test afflicting us with trials and hardship but when we are in Christ Jesus, he can not hurt us eternally our soul is protected.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    Psalm 97:9-11 For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that Love the Lord, hate evil: He preserveth the souls of His Saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

    Psalm 107: 8 – 9 Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

    James 117 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

  7. wow Darrell this is a lovely testimony. i loved the story. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you and Gracie !

  8. Wonderful testimony Darrell, thank you for sharing this. It amazes me how people will be moved towards the Lord and through what circumstances, so cool! Thank you for allowing me to share these things as well.

    God bless
    Greg

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