Life is a Gift

Every day is truly a gift from God; what we do with it is our gift to Him.  Last night I came to the realization that I had almost been killed, that I almost made my wife a widow and that I almost left my unborn daughter without a father.  The only things that stopped these from happening were the hand of God upon my life, the angels He dispatched to protect me, and His Spirit which He sent to hover over me and keep me safe.  Just before Portland, I was riding my bicycle down Highway 20 going 20 mph, when a truck traveling 55 mph came from behind and sideswiped me causing me to flip my bicycle.  At the moment of impact, I was singing praises to the Lord and I can think of no better thing to be doing with a potential last breath.

Each day that passes could potentially be our last, so we must continually live our lives in a way that glorify the Father.  The moment we wake up, our first thought or words should be to thank God for His goodness and mercy, despite any circumstances we might be facing.  Our last thought or words before we go to sleep should also be thanks for His protection and for all the other unknown things He has done for you.  When I was hit by that truck, I was struck down, but I was not destroyed; I was bruised, but I was not broken; even in my pain now, I rejoice for all the amazing things God is doing in my life.  I could have easily believed that God had forsaken me and been in despair over the course of events, but I know that even if the enemy meant to harm me, that God would use this painful crash to better me and His kingdom, which He already has.  I had the opportunity to share what God has been doing in my life to several people, most of which were very open to hearing about Jesus, especially because with the injuries I sustained, they knew some other force had protected me.

The day before my crash, I had written in my journal that the following day I was expecting God to do something amazing in my life, something that would show me that I was living my life according to His will and that His hand was upon my life.  At the time I wrote this, I obviously didn’t realize it would involve me getting hit by a truck.  But I’ll tell you this: the following day, God did do something amazing in my life because, not a single bone in my body was broken; that is because of God’s miraculous power.  I encourage you to trust God with whatever you are dealing with.  Isaiah 61:3 tells us, “Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”  It is easy to get down when bad things happen, but the quickest way to get rich is to count your blessings.  Write down the victories of you past and thank God for them.  Write down the victories and breakthroughs you are believing God for and have faith in Him to fulfill them.  When you don’t get what you want, don’t get down, because God might have something better for you.  He wants to give us the desires of our heart and He wants to give us a hope and a future; all He asks of us is to live according to His will.


4 thoughts on “Life is a Gift

  1. Jules says:

    Very well said, Jeff…I am very thankful you are ok…

    • Great “Lord of Mercy” your safe, I didn’t want to loose you Man. Remember you have friends here to comfort you. There’s too much grieving going on. I know the Lord can do all the help. You are in my prayers Man. Dont struggle too much from it.

      Stay Safe all the concerns are in the Lord’s hands

      Your Friend

  2. Joyce Pool says:

    Jeff, I’m so glad you’re okay. I know God’s hand was upon you at the time of the accident and that he will use this for his glory. Thank you for your testimony!!! Joyce Pool

  3. David Patterson says:

    So good you are OK and we all know that God’s hand is on your life. I appreciate the Goldy example you set go so many men….. thank you.

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