This journey is not just for you to ooh and ahh over; I want each of you to have an open mind as you read my testimony and learn some of the lessons I have learned. No matter what stage of life you are at God has a purpose for your life. If you want to find God's purpose for your life, you will truly benefit from my testimony. Not only will you benefit, but you will also hear of a miracle that only God could have orchestrated.
My story is about an experience that not many people face. Those people who do face what I experienced may not be as blessed as I was. I can truly say that God has His hand on my life. No one saw it coming and no one was prepared. Not only was I in an accident that affected me physically, but the very core of my spiritual life was turned upside down.
I guess one's life is changed when he wakes up physically and mentally handicapped with his body paralyzed. I realized something was wrong when I opened my right eye and saw the typical white walls of a hospital as a background with doctors and nurses pacing back and forth. I felt so helpless since I couldn't say a single word to figure out why I was there without anybody I knew. I thought, "Why did my family leave me?" I was put through a white tunnel, with lights flashing all around me as the cylinder around my head spun. Later, I learned that this was a CAT scan inspecting the condition of my brain injury.
But before any of this, I remember being in our Isuzu Rodeo asking my Mom if I could just read Rick Warren's, "Purpose Driven Life" book straight through and not take the suggested 40 days. I was anxious to find my purpose. She said; "Yes go ahead.", but within 5 minutes we were hit by an 18 wheeler. Those next 40 days that I should have been seeking my purpose turned out to be a lot different than expected! I guess I had asked this about the time we pulled off the highway to a fruit stand. It was rainy, dark and windy. Visibility was poor. My sister looked both ways and looked up to see a truck driver motion her out. That single hand motion of the track driver who motioned us to cross the road nearly cost our lives, and definitely changed them forever.
We pulled out and before we could brace ourselves, our Rodeo was smashed; t-boned right behind where I was sitting. Instead of revealing my purpose through Rick Warren's book, God chose a different route. I plunged headfirst into a forty-day coma. I say head first, because my head, which was the main cause of the coma, had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
After the paramedics did an emergency tracheotomy on me, I was airlifted to SHANDS Trauma Center. This is probably when the second miracle happened. The chopper took off, heading for the hospital in Gainesville FL, but a storm came up out of nowhere and forced the chopper to go to SHANDS hospital in Jacksonville which is the best Trauma Center in the Southeast, and the only hospital that at the time had the ability to place a bolt in my brain to remove all the fluid.
Today, as I look back, I believe God immediately moved the storm into the choppers path as soon as my mother started praying and out of faith called others to pray. I believe it was a storm orchestrated by God to keep that chopper going in the original path.
To find out more about how God brought me out of the 40 day coma, healed my body from being paralyzed go to www.TBI Hope.com.
Through Will's experience he has a passion to live out of purpose and to help others find the purpose God created them for. Read Will's personal blog for encouragement and to discover God's truth about your purpose.