By the Grace of God …
I’m Still Here Today!
On this day 32 years ago – God spared my life and the lives of my 3-year-old son Andrew, 4-month-old daughter Shara, and another 2-year-old child I was caring for, when a raging fire trapped us in our 2nd-floor apartment.
I had to drop the children out the window to police officers who arrived ahead of the fire department. I don’t remember much after that, but apparently I passed out, fell out the window, and landed on my head. I sustained nearly life-ending injuries (broken neck, fractured skull, and lacerated scalp with substantial blood loss), but three days later, I awoke in the hospital with no paralysis; and a week after the fire, I was able to walk out of the hospital.
So today, as I reflect on that horrible, traumatic event…I am thankful for life and no significant residual effects of the injuries that nearly killed me. And I’m thankful God blessed me with two additional children, Jen and Joylynne, after being told I wouldn’t be able to have more due to the trauma my body sustained. God obviously had other plans for my life – and the lives of my children, present and future – and it wasn’t my time to die 32 years ago!
It’s very interesting to me that some of the scripture I read that day included these verses:
“Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have enlarged; bring me out of my distresses!” –Psalm 25:16-17
“My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. So I said, ‘Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest…..I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.” –Psalm 55:4-6, 8
Now onto today’s inspiration. And as always, remember you can read some Psalms and Proverbs for the day at Daily Scripture Readings.
“Lord, I praise You that You are greater than any or all of my failures…as my Potter, You are able to mold and remold me, as I submit to Your wisdom and skill.
As my Master Artist, You are able to take the dark threads of my life–my wounds, my scars, my blotches, the messes I make, and even my sins–and blend them into a beautiful design to the praise of the glory of Your grace.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
As a seamstress and quilter, I like this one about the Master Artist. I also see how God took that awful experience 32 years ago–those dark threads–and wove them into my “second” life after I nearly died.
I am working on writing my story of that day, in a book entitled, Angels in the Midst of the Flames.
So What Are YOUR Thoughts?
Would you be interested in reading my book, Angels in the Midst of the Flames, when I get it published?
Do you see how the Master Artist has used the painful moments of your life as materials for a larger masterpiece?