Something miraculous happened to me in the last month.
If you do not believe in God, you will see a series of interesting coincidences, but I would ask you to consider the chances of each of these occurring at all then compound the exponential chances of the entire series.
- Last May, I got into a pretty bad car accident. I was, for the first time, confronted by my own mortality.
- Last September, I applied for life insurance for the first time. All went well.
- Last November, I lost my healthcare. I stopped taking my gout medication and have not seen a doctor since.
- About a month ago, I was informed that I missed a payment on my life insurance, and my plan was cancelled. When I called to get reinstated, they told me I could get a better deal if I just applied for a new policy. I did, and had to submit new blood lab work.
- Two weeks ago, after my 8-hour comprehensive exam, my vision became dangerously bad. I thought it was eye strain from staring at the computer for so long. Over the next week, I found myself needing a nap every morning although I slept 8 hours a night. I also began to drink a gallon of water every day, and my thirst seemed unquenchable. I urinated every hour, even though the night. I knew something nefarious was going on.
- Last Monday, I received notice that my life insurance application was rejected. I saw my labs and found that my glucose levels were pretty high. I believe I have developed Type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar, blurred vision, increased thirst, increased frequency of urination, and exhaustion are all signs that I missed.
- I immediately cut sugar from my diet. Since then, I have reversed every single symptom. My vision is back. I’ve stopped heading to the bathroom every hour, even though I still drink a gallon of water every day. I’ve stopped wanting to take naps. I’ve also lost 20 pounds in the last three weeks, but now I feel the pounds are coming off for the right reason.
Do you see the miracle, as I do? Or do you see a series of interesting, but otherwise unrelated events?
I never would have applied for life insurance if not for the car accident. I wouldn’t have had to reapply for life insurance if I didn’t accidentally miss that payment. Having no health insurance, I never would have had blood work done. Because it was for a life insurance policy, the blood work was free. If I did not have the blood work done, I never would have realized that I needed to fix my blood sugar. I may have let diabetes continue to develop into a much more serious issue than what I suffered.
I’d still be unable to see. I’d still be on a dangerous road to complications that I would not be able to afford to treat without health insurance. I believe that God intervened in this instance to provide answers and wake me up before things got worse. If not for the series of “coincidences”, I would be on a path to self-destruction through my diet.
Yes, hindsight is 20/20. Yes, I may be Monday morning quarterbacking. Yes, this may be a series of random and unrelated events and I am just reading too much into it.
However, what are the chances? If one link in this chain did not happen, I would not be healthier right now. If the bad things, like the car accident and losing life insurance had not happened, I would be shoving Easter candy in my face and killing myself.
We often take bad things for granted. As Christians, we often think that everything is supposed to go well for us. However, when God tells us “all things work together for good”, He means ALL things; good and bad. The outcome of ALL things is good. I suffered some pretty severe pain last year, but now I am motivated to live a healthy lifestyle for the first time. I took my health for granted, and I will never do so again. It took pain, suffering, and some pretty devastating news for it to happen, but the outcome will be a positive one.
Christians, please do not take God for granted. Do not mistake comfort for His condoning of our lifestyles.
Non-Christians, please consider that some coincidental events can actually be miracles. Do not dismiss miracles in your own lives. It is possible that God may be putting you in a place that may be useful for His purposes, even though you do not believe in Him.
This story is just one of many such miracles that I have experienced in my lifetime. I would be happy to write about some of the more incredible series of events that most people would take for granted, but I’ve realized are miraculous.
It’s all part of my testimony. I think more Christians need to be cognizant of their own miracles and properly attribute them to God. Miracles happen all the time. They happen to all of us as the Holy Spirit works through us to affect change in our lives and use us all for the glory of God.
3 thoughts on “Miracles or A Series of (Un)Fortunate Events”
[a] SO glad you caught the Type 2 diagnosis! Both my parents died from Diabetes-related deterioration; it’s an awful disease.
[b] SO glad you’re reversing the effects of the disease.
[c] On the matter of miracles: did you have Type 2 before the accident? Or did the accident create a situation in your life where Type 2 began to develop (lack of mobility, for example)? It seems to me that if the accident actually assisted in the development of Type 2, this may just be coincidental.
[d] That said, isn’t a miracle a recognition of –and/or interpretation of– “cosmic coincidences”? An opportunity for reflection? A chance to (or not to) believe?
[e] Perhaps, in your case, the opportunity IS confronting mortality, which usually brings the individual to an understanding of life as a force –gift– outside one’s own control. We don’t begin our lives and we do not end them (assuming the existence of the [forever unprovable] immortal soul). Life is the miracle.
Thank you for sharing your testimony!
Read PhD Craig Keener’s work on miracles, 1000’s of testimonies, with many amongst it standing under even intense sceptical scrutiny. Alas, you can always choose to a priori ignore evidence if they want to. Thanks for sharing your testimony.