I’m a reasonably practical man, I can fix a few things and put up a shelf without too much trouble. I’m no mechanic but when my son broke his motorbike while we carried out some routine maintenance it was something that I thought I could fix.
The parts were ordered and arrived, I set about carrying out the repairs with a measure of success. All it needed was a test ride. Now I’ve only ridden motorcycles for the last 30 years, they are a real passion of mine (although mainly on the road) so as I took my sons bike off to a dirt road to test my repairs I was confident in my own abilities.
I wasn’t planning on being very long, I was still in my work clothes, it was just a quick test. I didn’t even have a crash helmet on. 10 seconds after setting off the front wheel gets caught in a rut in the track and I’m flung over the handlebars and land heavy in the ditch.
The impact was really hard and it takes me a while to stand up. I walk with the bike back home and go for a lie down. I thought I could rest and recover.
45 minutes later I’m struggling to breathe as I have a blunt force trauma injury. My chest cavity is bleeding internally and as it does so, it collapses my lung. I really can’t get enough air to breathe. The ambulance is on its way.
I know God, I’ve given my life to Him. He has done so much for me over my life. I know in my past I have offended this Holy God. I know I haven’t met His standard, I know I have failed in every department. What I also know is that He sent His Son to take my punishment. His Son came to this earth to suffer and die. He took my place for all the wrongs I’ve done in my life.
I don’t need to worry, my wife is by my side, the medical professionals arrive and I receive the medical attention that I need and get transported to hospital. I can feel the Peace of God in my heart. Whatever is to happen next, I have no control over. I put my trust in my God. If it was all over now, I know, because of the work of His Son, Jesus Christ I have a place in Heaven.
I don’t get to heaven just now. I get to hospital and I just keep seeing God move in miraculous ways in all the care I receive. Eventually after two weeks of care I am allowed back home to my family.
We have all been through a very traumatic experience and we’re so glad to be back together. It’s a long recovery and I am self-employed. What financial difficulties could arise, don’t. God is so good to us and He carries us through the year with rich blessings.
Lord, I Thank You for your protection, care, provision and mercy that You have shown me personally this year.
You are a wonderful God
Mark has been a member of Wigmore with his wife Allé for a number of years. He previously was our fabrics deacon and often helps with our building matters.