My journey started in 1988, on my way home from Graduate School a DRUNK DRIVER (.318 blood alcohol) crashed into me head-on. I was released from the hospital that night because the doctors did not know what else to do- most people in this type of wreck would be dead. But, I have been lifting weights since I was 12 and my thick development saved my life.
But, I was injured; a major concussion, internal organ bruising, kneecaps thrown "off-track" and my right elbow had the soft tissue severely damaged.
At the time I was a Graduate student in Theology, going for my second MA, a professional armwrestler, and a champion powerlifter. All that was to change. I prayed for a miracle; to be restored completely. It was not to be. I still carry an odd gait because of my knees and my right arm has a severely limited range of motion with my right hand falling asleep often and painfully. I can only study in bursts of 20-30 minutes, due to the concussion.
However, almost unnoticed by me, I was allowed more success after the accident; I attained the degree plus another masters and a doctorate, I went undefeated in Deadlifting contest for 5 years, and I became a published author and named to various "Who's Who" lists. Oh yes, I now also have family and a cat.
I had always known Jesus as the CHRIST OF NT THEOLOGY, the Messiah. Now, as he guided me through the trials, changes that I had to undertake, and painful moments he became a personal SHEPHERD. I have come to know him in an intensely personal way. The Christ who emerged victorious from the tomb has pointed me to the gentle shepherd that sacrificed himself on the Cross.
He taught me that dreams and talents never die, they may change form but not essence. Also, power (of any kind) is energy and energy can be transferred. My faith and academics have taken on new dimensions and I can only give him thanks
for being patient with his stubborn scholar
who wanted a heaven-rending miracle but found a another type of power that was irresistible like Elijah found in the "small whispering sound".
Blessings to all