I lost my legs from above the knees in a motorcycle accident in 2006. While I was in the emergency room going in and out of consciousness, I recall saying, “God help me”. It was months later when I found out that my friends waiting outside were told that it didn’t look like I was going to make it. I had always believed in God and that Jesus was His Son who died on the cross for my sins. I have prayed all of my life, but I had never really read the Bible, nor was I living a Christian life. Even after the accident, I continued living a dreadful existence.
One night, about a year and a half ago, I was watching a program about a little boy who had a story of his own. He had an experience of Heaven following a horrific accident. Honestly, I was holding a bottle of beer, probably stoned, yet fixed on the program as the child’s parent told of the child’s experience. I had always believed, but I found myself looking up and saying out loud with tears in my eyes, “You’re real…you’re really real”.
About a month prior to that program, I had a spiritual dream. It was so lucid that I had to write it down and call someone to tell them about it. Little did I know that the dream was the beginning of a chain of events that would stir up my hunger for exact knowledge of the where’s and how’s of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I realized that I only knew the gist of it. I realized that I had talked the talk as if it were some theological debate to be entered into as one would enter into a game of checkers.
With the new spiritual awakening came remorse over the loss of my legs. I wasted so much time that I could have used my legs for the glory of God. The years that followed the accident brought muscle atrophy and an uphill battle to try to become independent again. Although I live alone and care for myself, I don’t drive. Now, I have gained weight and the muscles from sitting are so tight that I can’t straighten up with the prosthetics on. I had given in to giving up.
Then I saw Nick Vujicic. I felt the hope seep back into my physical situation. If Nick is able to go and do everything that God has for him, then I am also able. Nick Vujicic has my deepest gratitude for delivering a special word to me from God. I graduated with a bachelor’s of science in psychology this past December, and I have decided that I may be going further. Thank you for the inspiration.