Matthew D.

Matthew D.

from KS
Story #594
I grew up in a Christ-honoring family. When I was one-year old, I was hit by a truck. I also had a seizure while the truck ran over me. The next moment I remember was waking up on a surgery bed surrounded by doctors. I had the oxygen breathing mask on. I was in the hospital for a month. Surgery was constant. I had to be fitted with a device that held my right leg bone in place. There were four screws connected to a rod that held my bone in place. When I was released out of the hospital, I was now learning how to adapt to getting around. I had to crawl, I was put in a wheelchair, and I had to learn how to use crutches. I kept thinking how I survived the crash. Was there someone bigger out there who thought I was not done on this earth? I needed to find out! My family and I had gone to church all of my life. The church I went to had put on a play about the life Jesus had on earth. At the end of the play, the narrator talked about the second coming of Jesus. I was afraid of what was going on.

There was another play about two groups of people. One group was reading their Bibles, the other group had worldly magazines and books. There were two elevators. One elevator went all the way down to Hell. The people inside the elevator were trying to go back up, but it was too late. The other elevator went all the way up to Heaven. There was one time I wanted to accept Jesus as my Savior and be baptized, but my father was out of town. I was upset. The church moved locations my freshman year of high school. The church had a guest speaker. The speaker talked about persecution. If guns were aimed at me, would I go to Heaven or Hell? I was terrified. The thought of going to Hell was easy for me because every night Hell would be the main theme of my nightmare. Well, I decided to confess Jesus as my Lord and Savor. I was baptized and I felt closer to Jesus. But it wasn't just that, I wanted to be a leader in a career of my choosing. Jesus is the reason that I am living. Jesus has called me a survivor. I have experienced a near death experience and I have put to death my sinful life to follow Jesus.

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