Yesterday I received a high honor: some pages written by a cyberpal named “Howard S” to share his Christian testimony. These amazing notes were yet another example of His Story being stranger than fiction. As I read, I heard myself saying, “You just cannot make up stuff like this!” A few excerpts:
“I was not to be born, according to the doctor. My mother was 42; she’d had a miscarriage; she and my dad already had four children. My dad told her after the miscarriage, I guess we are not meant to have a Howard!”
“At age twelve, I was choked, turned blue in the face according to two of my friends, and was dropped as dead to the ground. I lived.”
In 2012, he was diagnosed with Fournier’s Gangrene and needed surgery that had a 7% chance of survival. “I thought it was my time to go Home to the Lord,” he writes. “But it was not. I lived.”
He also lived past the one year that only two percent of those who make it through this surgery survive. That milestone surgery was followed by several others. “According to the doctors,” Howard writes, “I was in surgery for two weeks straight. I died seven times, and they resuscitated me seven times.”
There’s a whole lot more to Howard’s story, but one main take-away is him saying, “Anyway, here I am not dead. That is what I think now. I am dead yet alive. Not by me, but by God in Whom I live and move and have my being.” He says, “Galatians 2:20 tells me.” For Howard (and for me, too), it is true that “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” The Twelve Steps of recovery align to attest that, for God to increase, I must decrease.
EGO must go, and Howard says, “Take a gander!” His voice is crying in the wilderness after being dead more than once. He says, “Yet I am dead more than once, yet I am not, but am. What ?!?! That’s my story in short order.”
My thanks to “Howard S” for sharing what the Lord has done. Chime in here if you care to join me in thanking him. FYI, this image was posted on Twitter by Leadership Girl.