For He Himself has said: "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
Early in December 2007, Roman received a phone call that his wife, Melissa, had been in a terrible car accident. The doctor had little hope that she would live. Melissa survived the first night but among other injuries she suffered severe trauma to her brain and so did not recognise anyone not even her husband. The brain surgeon did not offer him any hope explaining that he gave reality not hope.
After a couple of weeks, Roman visited the place where his wife’s car ran off the road. There, he found a card with Jeremiah 29:11 printed on it: “‘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.’” At that moment, God ministered to his heart that it was going to be okay. However, days passed and there was no sign of improvement.
On Christmas Eve, Roman was with his wife when he saw a testimony on television about a woman who had been in a car accident. There was little hope that she would survive if taken off the breathing machine, that she would ever be able to walk again, that she might make it. All of this was exactly what the brain surgeon and nurses had told him about his wife. When the woman was asked how she had the strength to make it through her ordeal, she responded that God had put a scripture on her heart. That scripture was Jeremiah 29:11, the same scripture Roman had seen on the card at the site of his wife’s accident! Roman knew at that moment that God was speaking to him and he prayed with the television host for his wife to be healed.
Later that evening, God gave them the best Christmas gift ever. Melissa awoke and was able to recognise everyone. She had returned to her normal, bright self. The weight and darkness that had hovered over Roman was completely gone! With the help of rehab, Melissa improved quickly and she is once again a wife, mother and professor. There is no sign of damage from the brain trauma.
I love the fact that after going through this ordeal, both Roman and Melissa agree that now God is more personal to them. He is not this distant God who is not concerned about them. He loves them and He genuinely cares. It’s the same for us. God is concerned about every area of our lives. Just because at times He may allow bad things to happen doesn’t mean that He is unconcerned. He is concerned and actually uses the negative things in our lives to bring about a greater good. As Romans 8:28 says: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” As I love to say, nothing is wasted by God. He uses both the good and the bad things in our lives to work out His perfect plan and purpose for us. We may focus on and become discouraged by the negative, but God sees the good that He can and will bring out of it.
I also love the fact that God speaks to us in ways we would least expect. When Roman visited the accident site he didn’t expect that God would speak to him there, but He did through a random card left on the ground with a scripture verse on it. And then, if Roman’s faith was starting to waver, God allowed him to hear the testimony of a woman who had been in a car accident and who quoted the exact same scripture he had found. God knows what we need when we need it and I think He loves to speak to us in unexpected ways just so that we would know that it’s Him and that He is still in control no matter how bad things may seem.
I agree with Roman and Melissa that God is truly a personal God. He cares about each of us, about every single detail of our lives. He is desirous of a relationship with us and wants us to feel and experience His love in ways that are beyond our imagination.
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour, I encourage you to do so today. God is truly a personal God and He wants to have a personal relationship with you. He wants to take care of your every need. He does have a plan for you and it is one that will prosper you, not harm you, a plan that will give you hope and a future.
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