By Ma Xiaobo, China
I’m an ordinary Christian. After accepting God’s work in the last days, through reading God’s words, I knew that God’s work in the last days is to express the truth to judge and purify man, and is to cast away our corrupt disposition, save us from the influence of Satan and bring us into a beautiful life that God has prepared for us. When I understood God’s eager desire to save man, I was willing to read God’s words, live a church life and do some duty to my utmost. But because I had no reality of the truth and my nature is selfish and despicable, I lived in a situation of loving and longing for money. I only paid attention to my business of repairing cars, even used busyness as an excuse for not living a church life, and didn’t focus on pursuing the truth to gain life. However, God didn’t abandon me. He moved brothers and sisters to assist me and fellowship about His kind intention for man’s salvation, while I couldn’t transcend the pleasures and desire of the flesh and still pursued money. God couldn’t bear to see me become depraved. Then, through a car accident, I completely realized that man’s life is most precious. Therefore, I made up my mind to pursue the truth to follow God.
One day in 2012, I continued to repair cars in my shop as usual. At one o’clock in the afternoon, someone called me and said there was a cement tanker truck which broke down on the road, and that the driver asked me to repair it. Considering that I could earn more money if I went out to repair cars, I hurriedly drove to the scene. As soon as I went there, I saw the truck stopping on the side of uphill road and on the right side of it was the sidewalk. In order to conveniently take my tools, I had to park my car on the sidewalk alongside of the cement tanker.
After I got off my car, the driver asked me to repair his truck quickly. I hurriedly moved the jack down from the trunk of my car and then jacked the truck to rush to repair. After a moment, when I nearly finished repairing, I stood up, turned around, and prepared to take tools from the trunk of my car. Suddenly, something hit me in my back with a bang. Immediately, I felt dizzy and went black, throwing myself to the ground. With my body pressed by some heavy thing, I couldn’t move my wrist or legs. I indistinctly heard someone saying, “What’s wrong with you? You didn’t drive on this wide road, but ran toward the sidewalk to hit people. What if you kill this repairer?” After hearing this, I came to know that I was hit by a vehicle. Just then, I was very scared, because I thought I was badly hurt, maybe I would die, and even if I could survive, I would become disabled. In my despair, I thought of God and called out to Him hurriedly, “Oh, Almighty God! May you save me! Save me….” When I kept calling out to God, my heart calmed down a little and I was not as afraid as before.
In a moment, someone moved the heavy thing away from my body. The driver told me to hold on, and he would send me to hospital at once. Unexpectedly, when the two drivers helped me up, I could narrowly stand up leaning against the car, and move my hands and feet. I kept thanking God in my heart. At that point, I saw that the skin of my hand was deeply torn open, with the blood streaming. I instinctively used the other hand to cover it, but it didn’t work, with the blood still gushing, and I was not sure whether my bones were broken. At the same time, I was also bleeding from my forehead, and the blood already blurred my eyes. I mopped it from my face and felt very painful at every pore and then I sat down slowly. At that time, my mind became a little clear, and I clearly saw the scene of this accident: It turned out that I was knocked down by a three-wheeler. If the three-wheeler had run a little forward, it would have pressed on my whole body and I would have lost my life at once. However, the amazing thing was that the three-wheeler was blocked by the cement tanker truck’s rear bumper and then overturned, so it only pressed on my legs. At that time, I just realized that it was so dangerous a moment ago. Without God’s care and protection, there’s no telling what the consequences may be! It was really God’s miraculous protection!
Not long after I sat down, when I just came to my senses, another dangerous scene happened. Through the interstice under the big truck, I saw: In the middle of the road right ahead of me, a running pickup suddenly stopped, and then, a motorcycle that carried a woman speedily collided with it with a bang. The young lady who sat on the backseat immediately was bounced up five or six meters and her head first knocked on the tailgate of the pickup, and then she fell to the ground. She was bleeding from the head and didn’t move at all. The young man who rode the motorcycle rolled and crawled to that woman and then wailed miserably with the woman in his arms. Just then, someone cried, “Another car accident happened! She seems very terrible and will die!” I was very shocked at that sudden event. It was the first time that I felt death was so close to me and man’s life is much too fragile. If God hadn’t protected me, I would have hung between life and death like that woman who laid on the road. It was because of God’s protection that I could still sit there. Thank God!
I was sent to hospital very soon. After an examination, the doctor said, “Judging from the degree of your wound, the bones of your hand should have been broken and your skull should have been fractured. But unexpectedly, they are all flesh wounds and not serious. You are so lucky!” Hearing his words, I was deeply moved, because I knew clearly that it was not luck but God’s protection that saved me. Just as God says, “Ah! Almighty God the practical God! You are our strong tower. You are our refuge. We huddle under Your wings, and calamity cannot reach me. This is Your divine protection and care” (“The Fifth Utterance”). From God’s words, I saw that God’s authority, God’s almightiness and sovereignty and His deeds are really wonderful. I thought back to the scene which had happened then: When the three-wheeler fell down, the tailgate of the big truck was just opened and supported the body of the three-wheeler, so it didn’t completely fall on me; though my legs were pressed but not injured. Weren’t all these God’s almightiness and sovereignty? Without God’s care and protection, I was afraid that I couldn’t have had a thread of hope for survival.
Afterward, I read God’s words, “This is because only one creation and one salvation are within the plan of God. This is the first time and also the last. Therefore, none can comprehend the kind intention and fervent anticipation of God for mankind’s salvation. … Not one man whom God looks upon day and night takes the initiative to worship Him. God continues to work as He has planned on man for whom He holds no expectations. He does so in the hope that one day, man will awaken from his dream and suddenly comprehend the value and purpose of life, understand the cost at which God has given man everything, and know how fervently God longs for man to turn back to Him” (“God Is the Source of Man’s Life”). From God’s words, I understood God’s eager desire to save man. Now is the last stage of work in God’s management plan. If we miss this opportunity, we won’t have another one at all. Pondering God’s words, I recalled that since I believed in God, I had only paid attention to pursuing money, and my heart had been straying from God; I had never focused on or requirements, nor had I pursued the truth or considered God’s intentions. I was so selfish and despicable, and I originally wasn’t worthy to demand things from God. But when I was in the disaster, God still absolved and protected me with His selfless love. In that experience, especially when I personally saw the moment when the woman was knocked against the pickup, I just came to realize that man’s life is much too fragile and is vulnerable to attack. The disaster will come upon me at any time. Though I have much money, if I lost my life, all is empty talk. As the saying goes, “A thousand gold coins spent, more will turn up again.” Without money, we can earn, but life only comes around once. At that moment, I realized man’s life is most precious. I thanked God for His mercy, so that I had the chance to live again. I was willing to repent, properly pursue the truth, walk the right way of life and cherish God’s salvation.
Before long, I left hospital. At that time, I had a dozen stitches in my face and forehead. Normally, I would have big scars left, but when the wounds healed, there weren’t any scars, which made me see God’s mercy and love again! Recalling that since I believed in God, I had been living in God’s grace, but hadn’t truly done anything for God, nor had I considered God’s intentions, I didn’t want to believe in a confused manner any longer. From then on, I began to read God’s words carefully, did my duty actively and repaid God’s love with my practical deeds.
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