Remembering Near Death 30 Years Ago – March 25 Devotions
On this day 30 years ago – God spared my life and the lives of my 3 y.o. son Andrew, 4 m.o. daughter Shara, and another 2 y.o. 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 – 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 Joy-Lynne, 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 30 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 overhwelmed 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 devotions. 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”
“Sometimes the process of molding is painful, because we do not fit the mold into which God is trying to fit us. So God keeps working on us, trimming away this bad attitude and that wrong mind-set, carefully remolding and reshaping us until gradually we are changed into His likeness.
Don’t be discouraged with yourself because you have not yet arrived. You can walk in spiritual power as long as you maintain an attitude of pressing on. As long as you do your best to cooperate with God, He is pleased with you. Enjoy your life in the Spirit right now on the way to where God is shaping you. Let the Potter do His work of changing you.
Pray: Lord, it’s good to be in Your hands, confident that You are working on reshaping me into Your image. I look forward to the day when You bring me to completion! Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- As a seamstress and quilter, I like this first one about the Master Artist. I also see how God took that awful experience of 30 years ago–those dark threads–and wove them into my “second” life after I nearly died.
-2- On a similar theme, it’s nice to know God isn’t finished yet, that He’s molding and shaping me into who He wants me to be today and in the future.
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you see how the Master Artist has used the painful moments of your life as materials for a larger masterpiece?
Do you feel as if you’re on the Potter’s wheel now?