Don’t you just love those surprise encounters you hadn’t expected when you rose wearily from your sleep? I do….and yesterday I experienced one of those.
Going about the exciting business of car shopping, I met a man who was not afraid to speak of his life. “Hannes” was a large man!! The kind you see in the WWW ring, full of tattoos, long wild hair and massive arms and neck.
He was Afrikaans speaking and surely raised on a farm where he consumed many steaks and starches, building this mountain of a man! Despite his XXXL form, Hannes had a gentle and cheery demeanour as he shared his story in broken English.
At the age of 26 whilst riding his motorbike, he was hit side-on by a renegade taxi driver who had ignored a red light. Hannes said the taxi dragged him for 40 meters, leaving him sprawled in the road with a broken neck, back, ribs, leg and arm, amongst other internal injuries. The taxi driver fled, never to be seen again.
As Hannes lay in a coma, he said he could hear doctors telling his family to prepare for the worst as they didn’t believe he would survive the extensive injuries. He shared with me that as he lay there he turned his attention to God whom he had ignored up to that time. He asked God to heal him, promising that he would testify of his healing for the rest of his life should he recover. Here was this 43 year old strapping man, quietly but unashamedly telling an absolute stranger of the grace on his life.
“I even have the scars to prove it” he proudly told me. He didn’t have to show me the scars….I believed him. What struck me about this ‘gentle giant’ was his boldness in sharing his heart and what God had done for him. It reignited in me a desire to share the incredible things God has done in my life. Like Hannes accurately said….”people may not believe what’s written in the Bible but they cant argue with my scars.”
What about you?
- Has God touched you in some way that has significantly changed your life
- Do you ponder on and give thanks for your life, good times and bad?
- As we approach Easter do you really know The One who was scarred and died on your behalf?
- Do you have the courage to share it with someone else?