He Loves Me!
It is amazing how a story, a song, or so many other things can stir up old memories. Today I was reading a devotional and it brought to my mind the many times in my life that the Lord showed me great love and great mercy. I want to share 3.
I believe in miracles. I have experienced great miracles since I came into a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. But, I can look back with spiritual insight to many times before I was saved that He kept me for a time such as this.
My first remembrance began at a lake that our parents had taken us to. I believe that I was around 10 years old because I was playing Little League baseball at the time. We had been having a lot of fun in the water when all of a sudden my sister and I slipped into a drop off and the water was well over our heads. Without warning we began to fight for our lives and in the process we were pushing each other under the water to try and get to the top for air. After a few minutes I remember floating to the bottom and thinking that I would never get to play baseball again. I could see the light from above the water, and there was a peace about me that I cannot explain. The next thing I remember I was waking up on shore as my sister was being taken away in an ambulance. The lifeguards had been away from the water cleaning the bathrooms, but made it to us in time to save us both. But God!
As a teenager I purchased a very fast motorcycle. It didn’t take long before I was riding wheelies all over town. I became pretty good at it and really had very little fear of the possible consequences. I always felt that if I was ever going over backwards I could hit my foot brake and it would bring me down. It worked all the time, well, almost all the time. I was riding past a gas station and I heard a couple of guys I knew call out to me to “pull it up!”
As I turned the corner I did indeed pull it up and after a long ways I shifted into second gear riding the wheelie up to a speed of about 70 MPH. Just then I hit a bump and started to go over. My right foot stretched for the brake but I missed it, I was going over backwards at 70 MPH!! Suddenly, I felt what seemed like a hand on my back as I was slowly pushed forward back onto my front wheel. I pulled over on the side of the road, shaking, and dumbfounded as to what had just happened. But God!
The third event happened in my twenties. I was somewhat of a wild child back in those days. I am not proud of a lot of things I did back then. After a night of drinking I got lost in Detroit. After a while I was able to find my way back to the highway and I guess I just really relaxed. Drinking and driving is one of the most dangerous things a person could ever do. Please, please don’t do it. I had been driving my van for several miles when I dozed off. All of a sudden I was shaken awake to see the back end of a Semi-truck directly in front of me parked on the side of the road. All four wheels of my van were off the road heading straight for the semi for a direct hit. When I opened my eyes I had a split second to drastically swerve left, which I miraculously did. The van swerved back and forth several times before I was able to get it back under control. But God!
I have so many moments that God has been a part of as I am sure you do to. I can’t explain why God intervened for me in these events but I know He did. Maybe He knew someday I would tell someone how great is our God! Maybe he knew I would serve Him and love Him! I know God wants you to be in relationship with Him. I know that He loves you the same that He loves me. If you don’t know Him will you ask Him to forgive you for any wrong that you have done? He will. Will you ask Him to come into your heart and come into a relationship with you? He will. He loves you and He has a plan for you to be with Him forever! But God!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.