Friends, I’m pleased I have been able to share my book with you, A Stroke of Faith, it is the story of the strokes I experienced in 2007; an experience that changed my life. It caused me to move from acceptance to surrender as I looked at my circumstances at the time, and from hope to faith as I moved toward the future.
I say acceptance to surrender because it took time for me to adjust emotionally and spiritually to what had happened to me physically. I began in fear and uncertainty, not knowing if I would ever walk again or even act like the person I had once been. I knew that it would take a lot of hard work for me to recover, if indeed, recovery was even possible. As I learned to accept my situation for what it was, I discovered that I needed to go even further than that. I needed to put my broken body at the foot of the cross and surrender everything to God. I knew that if I was to find true healing, I had to trust God every step of the way.
Once I had moved from acceptance to surrender, I had to take a more significant leap of faith. I had to trust God for the hope that only He provides, and then have the faith that He could do even more than any sense of hope could provide. My faith was on the line and I had to live it in ways I had never understood before.
This is a story of getting a second chance, and I don’t mean that I simply got another chance to get up out of bed and face a new day, but I got a second chance with God. I got a second chance to live a life of significance because I was ready to surrender everything I could ever be into His hand. I was ready to live my life for Him.
You may have a health crisis, or an emotional crisis, or some other experience that threatens your life, but if you can find it in your heart to surrender it all to God, you will discover your greatest friend and ally. Even more than that, you’ll discover what your life is really meant to be about. You’ll understand what it means to live a life of significance.
Give yourself a second chance. God is ready to lead the way.
But you were taught to be made new in your hearts,to become a new person. That new person is made to be like God—made to be truly good and holy.
Ephesians 4:23-24, NCV