A few days after I was released from rehab, I traveled to Florida to move in with my parents so I could continue my recovery. Apparently,I was told multiple times about my accident and injuries, but since I was struggling to form memories, I kept asking, “What happened to me?”
So, my mother thought it would be good for me to take sometime to read the blog she was keeping. She wrote it to share the most important information with those who were praying for us: the details about my injuries, the next steps the doctors were taking, and what my prayer needs were. I was glued to this information with wide eyes, learning about my injuries.
After reading a few pages, I went and sat next to my mom and asked, “Mom, there were broken vertebrae?!”
Through the blog, I learned of those unexpected healings. I learned about all the people who were praying for me. I had an epiphany. Doctors could not explain my healing. Bones mended in days. My recovery happened faster than anyone would dare predict.
It dawned on me that I needed to know more about God because I didn’t know why He would heal me. There is a book, though, that I knew would have answers.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works,lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
I still don’t understand God’s purpose for blessing me with His grace and mercy. But, He has revealed Himself to me. Now I know that God loves us all, no matter what we have done or even what we will do. It’s hard to think of a love like that. But we all have it and we are all offered salvation by grace.
Even though I was raised in a Christian home and had been taught a lot of this, I didn’t think God really loved me because I didn’t do all the things good Christians are supposed to do. Once I had the revelation of the true nature of God’s love, I realized that I didn’t have to do anything to be loved by God. But I wanted to know God more—and show love to others—because I am loved.
Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to: “‘Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’…” He said that, together, these commandments are the basis for all of the commandments.
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