Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me – Psalm 30:2
This month is the six year anniversary of a life changing accident as a result of a shallow diving accident at White Lake. As I reflect back on that time in my life, I am reminded of laying in that hospital bed after all the tests, being told that my neck was broken multiple times and the only viable option was immediate surgery requiring a titanium rod.
As most of you know, I am a career firefighter and this rod implementation could have most definitely resulted in a career ending medical decision. As we pondered what to do, the nurses and doctors seemed to be shocked that I had no numbness, tingling, or weakness to any of my extremities and provided no form of medical explanation other than pure shock and amazement.
They told me of others with similar injuries who died on impact or were paralyzed from the waist down. We later found out that my neck was actually broken in three places, twice on C5 and once on C6.
After a lot of discussion, we decided against initial medical advice and decided to try out a new brace that required no surgery and would allow my neck to heal naturally. I was told I would need to have X-rays done weekly and if anything was not healing properly, other decisions would have to be made at that time. Medical advice suggested 12-16 weeks of heal time plus physical therapy and rehabilitation.
After ten weeks and no rehabilitation or physical therapy, I was given a full release back to work. After ten weeks the injury was healed, but then became my quest searching for answers and explanations. The logical answer seemed to be that I was spared because of helping others as a career choice in public safety. Oh how my healing has taught me how I wrong I truly was.
Today I have healed far beyond that neck break and I know now that GOD was the one and only hand in the equation the whole time. If at that particular moment I would have taken my last breath, I was not comfortable with the uncertainties of where I would have ended up.
I had to make some changes in my own life and as a family, we also needed to make some changes. I have now fully given my life to GOD and I am so thankful for his grace, mercy, and full spiritual understanding of that injury. Today I can most definitely say that I am BLESSED, not just LUCKY as I stated then.
I am not saying I am perfect by any means but I have given my heart, body, and soul to him to lead me in HIS direction as HE sees fit for my time here on earth.
When I do get off track, I get down on my knees and pray, and I know his mercy is right there to forgive all my transgressions. So thankful for my life today with HIM!!!
I encourage you to say a prayer today for someone who needs healing and if your life requires some mending mentally, physically, or spiritually; Pray today for that full restoration without hesitation.