In a time of such pain, suffering, and horrible things happening to people all around us, it can be hard to find hope. Hard to make any sense of what is going on and having the fear of it only getting worse, wondering if miracles even exist in this day and age.
As the news was on today there was such a big feeling of hopelessness, pain, and heartache. You just can't help but wonder what is going to happen next, to the world, families, and even ourselves. At the same time, there was also a quiet whisper of God saying that "I will never leave you nor forsake you" Hebrews 13:5. He also whispered to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5. In that moment only His peace and His reassurance gave great encouragement as well as the reminder of a miracle that did happen.
A few years back, John was in a horrible, near fatal, car accident. Everyone at the scene kept telling him that he should be dead and there is no reason for him to be alive. Yes, he should've died, but he didn't. He should've been in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but he isn't.
HITTING BLACK ICE
While driving, going around a bend in the road, John slipped on black ice. His was going about 50mph and his car ran right into a telephone pole. They said he should've died on impact, but he didn't. Miracle #1.
CRASHING TELEPHONE POLE
He was sitting in his car for a few seconds, when he heard the sound of a tree cracking and falling. It was the pole. The pole came straight down on his head smashing his car. They said that the impact of the pole should've killed him, but it didn't. Miracle #2.
FLAMES AND LIVE WIRES
After being knocked out, he came to engulfed in smoke. Being afraid that his car might catch on fire, he got out of the car. When opening his door the ground was covered with many live wires. He got out and "ran" across them. The firefighters couldn't understand how he did that and thought he was lying, he told them many times that he just ran across them. They said that should've definitely killed him, but it didn't. Miracle #3.
Once he had ran across the wires, he finally passed out, on the other side of the street. While he was laying there a car came around the bend almost running him over. They said that should've killed him as well, but it didn't. Miracle #4.
Remembering this accident you can't help but be filled with emotion. Remembering that day like it was yesterday. How it felt to get the call and the 45min drive to the hospital not knowing what was going to be faced once getting there. Having so much fear and praying like crazy for a miracle. Like always, God came through! Although John still deals with pain from that accident, he is alive and walking. Some times while reflecting on that day all that can be seen is God, wrapping His hands around John, loving him and protecting him. Telling the devil, "Not today, you can't have him. There is a lot more I need John to do for Me."
So, yes! Miracles are still happening amongst the pain and suffering. We must keep the hope and peace from God close to us. Trust Him and His way (even though sometimes they don't make sense). His ways are not our ways, and that is something to be very grateful for!!
If there would not had been such an amazing miracle and things had gone the other way, Anchor Ministry would not be here today. John would not be able to spread God's message of love, mercy, grace and, most of all, forgiveness. It is a wonderful feeling to know that no matter how big our mistakes can be or how big our "wrong" choices are, God is always there loving us and forgiving us. Men (and women) that are incarcerated need to be told about God's love and forgiveness and they need to know that it is never too late to start down a new path.