Hi friends and blessings to you all! The following powerful and sincere testimony has been written by a dear friend who humbly would like to stay anonymous. Please read it and allow it to turn your eyes upon Jesus and His gift of life specially designed and given to you. There is a purpose designed just for you that is far greater than yourself. May you be encouraged and blessed as you read.
There is a joy that comes from deep inside, which brings tears to my eyes, when I look back and see what the Lord has done in me. I am reminded of my unique testimony of my amazing God, and I would like to share it with you.
As a two year old, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Neuroblastoma to be exact. I know, big word! I was in the hospital for 9 months receiving treatment, surgeries, a transplant, and lots of needles. Of course I don’t remember it, but I have the scars and they are just as real to me.
In the world’s eyes I wasn’t supposed to live, being I only had a 40% survival rate. But that’s the thing about God, He does the unexpected. If it weren’t for Him and the prayers of others I probably wouldn’t be here today.
As a child to a teen, I was as normal as any other kid, except for one thing…I had a hearing disability. I didn’t want to answer questions like, “What are those things in your ears?” and statements such as “There’s got to be a reason you’re so short.”
I didn’t understand why it had to happen, and I wished I could remember what those I loved must have gone through, the pain that they felt. Still do. If I’m being completely honest, I chose to be bitter instead of grateful at times. I let myself become frustrated over the side effects I had to live with. I’ve learned that that is what happens when I take my eyes off Christ.
I still struggle with this at times, but I see myself through a new set of eyes now, and those are the eyes of Jesus. You see, I had to learn that I have been created for a greater purpose. One that is eternal. One that glorifies and causes me to worship my God.
He has the power to give and to take away. The choice is His alone. He chose to give me physical and eternal life. He could’ve said no, but He said yes!
My friends, I want you to get this…God chooses to give each of us life!
In His kindness God called you to share in His glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation. -1 Peter 5:10 NLT
He could’ve destroyed us long ago, He has that power! But He chooses to give because that is who He is! He gave us His Son willingly to die, so we wouldn’t have to.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. -John 15:13 NLT
Jesus did this, and more. Jesus has made us friends of God, and calls us to a relationship with Him.
So, now the choice is ours. Will we say no? No to giving back this life to the one Who gave it to us in the first place? Or will we say YES!