29 May “You Should Be Dead!”
I was in the office of some Christian chiropractors in Colorado Springs. They had taken some X-Rays and had instant results of those pictures. I told the doc I was always reluctant to go to chiropractors for a number of reasons, but this office has wonderful men of God.
Few people understand when you tell them of a past injury. I told this doc, “When I was 21, I was working as a painter on a work-study program offered by Central Bible College. I was on 50 feet of scaffolding (I knew how high it was because I built that scaffolding.), and I was on my tip toes on a plank reaching as high as I could to get the very peak of the facia board. I hit a hornets nest, and they flew towards my face. I knew if they stung me on the face, I could lose my balance and not have a controlled fall. So I jumped off the edge, rolled up in a ball, hit the ground, tumbled a few times, stood up, shook myself, and went about my business. Although I didn’t know it at the time, this resulted in neck injury #1. A few years later, I was riding a horse. The horse got his feet tangled in barbed wire, and He pitched over in a 180 degree landing. I flew off over his head, and as he landed directly on my neck, I heard a crunch. The result — neck injury #2!
“Backing up in time between the two injuries … My wife was pregnant with our first child, and I was pastoring our first tiny little church in Kansas. We had a new chiropractor in our church, who was just opening his office. He was excited, as he just received his new x-ray equipment and asked me to come down so he could see how it worked. I agreed to be his guinea pig! A few days later, he called me. ‘Pastor, you need to come to my office as soon as you can.’ He showed me the pictures of my neck. ‘Pastor, your neck is severely broken. You should be dead!’ That was the result the first neck injury. I went home, felt severe pain, and went to bed, even though I hadn’t been in pain before. I immediately went into a deep prayer time with my face to the wall, begging God for my healing.”
As the doc and I were looking at the pictures of my neck, he said, “The X-rays tell the whole story. I have never seen a neck injury this bad that wasn’t a death blow, or resulted in being completely paralyzed. Truly, only God could have fused the vertebrae the way they are! This is just so amazing. He truly has a plan for your life, or you wouldn’t be here on this earth!”
I came home from that visit thinking, “Lord Jesus, You have been so faithful and loving to me, and I have not truly given You praise for all the greatness of Your goodness to me.” You and I are truly walking miracles, for which we never give Jesus enough praise.
Consider these words, “O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel. My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.” Ps. 16:5-9
We Must Give Our Jesus More Praise!