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How I could draw near to God after my illness and amputations?
Seven years ago, I contracted a flesh-eating bacteria that put me in a coma. My illness required several surgeries to remove the bacteria, and then the final surgery which removed both of my hands and both feet. Through my tragedy, it was important that I draw near to God. In my mind, I could not get through this recovery without the Lord. This is my story of how I did that.
The super wise doctor assured my husband, Mike and family that my death was imminent. However Mike has a very strong faith. He prayed and so did our family, our church family and strangers all across the country. Therefore, he was assured that this doctor was wrong and he would see his wife alive and well.
Drawing near to God is necessary for spiritual growth
When I awoke from my medically induced coma and found so much of my body had been altered I truly cannot really remember how horrible I must’ve felt. I was still heavily medicated. However, it wasn’t long before my prayers for strength and courage began. I often wondered about how to draw near to God so he would draw near to me.
I wonder about similar situations where someone else’s first thought might have been anger toward God and a pulling away from him. But I never felt the need to pull away. I still asked God why did he allow this to happen to me? What did I do to deserve this? Never once did I not need the Lord. My first thought was God, please help me and my family through this. I needed to draw close to God if I was ever going to find the strength to cope with this major change.
Salvation draws you close to God
The first step to drawing closer to God is to accept his son, Jesus as your Savior. Admit you are a sinner and accept the precious blood that He shed on the cross of Calvary, as payment for your sin debt. My post on How to Grow your Faith in God has more details on the steps you need for salvation.
Romans 10:9-10 says “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.
Once you’ve made that prayer, you began a relationship with the Lord. Next, you need to make a decision that you want God to see you through and know that you aren’t able to deal exclusively on your own. I was saved in my 20’s and have been building on my relationship with God.
This illness was a great test of my faith and belief that He would give me the courage and faith that I needed to see this whole thing through. Answered prayers are an encouragement which also draw you close to God.
Prayer is a great tool for drawing closer to God
So from here, how do you continue to draw near to God? Work on your prayer life. Prayer is simply a conversation with God. Let me tell you that my prayer life has gotten a lot stronger since my illness. One of the things I’ve gotten a lot better at is gratitude.
I could be so much worse off than I am now. Yes, I know, no hands and no feet is pretty bad. However, I have prosthetic legs which are pretty much like having regular feet, only I take them off at night and put them on in the morning.
I use my stylus strapped to my arm for typing and practically everything pertaining to blogging and communicating. Mike sets out my lunch and snacks for the day. Other than that, I’m pretty self-sufficient. That right there is a LOT to be grateful for.
I’ve also gotten better at praying for others. Maybe I just have more to pray about. It’s important to lean on the Lord more. I have a tendency to try and work things out myself. However, I know that dependency on the Lord is part of drawing near to Him. Leaning on Him to take care of things instead of me. After all, he’s way better at it than I am.
One of my very favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6. I call upon those verses any time I’m scared or need strength. ” Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”. That tells me to trust Him and He will guide me when He needs my help.
Draw near to God for peace
As you draw near to God, he will draw near to you. The result of this relationship is a peace that is truly unknown to those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior. It is a comfort that you can resort to when you start to feel that panic rise up within you when something spirals out of control in your life.
Our youngest son, Matthew is married and lives half-way across the country so as a mom I worry about them. Sometimes, when I think my son really needs my help, I know that he and his wife are old enough to work things out without me. They too have the Lord in their life and God is in control, not me. That kind of peace. It’s definitely not easy, but it’s worth it.
Seeking to draw near to God after a tragedy is so important in order to cope with the situation. I don’t know how people get through major life changes when they don’t have a relationship with God. However, I can tell you, it’s definitely easier when you have Him there. Do you need encouragement? 12 Bible verses for inspiration.
Do you still wonder how to draw near to God?
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