Cancer patients are not the only ones who face death. Daniel accidently overdosed on Heroin & Xanax five years ago. His heart stopped three times, and his kidney and liver were also failing. He was in coma. Yet, after 8 weeks on the life support and 9 weeks on kidney dialysis, miraculously he came back. If I think that countless people including Michel Jackson and Whitney Huston, died with the overdose of drugs, his recovery is amazing.
Looking back at the days of five years ago, Daniel was writing in his facebook:
“Instead of being upset or depressed about it dwelling on the past I am so happy, over joyed and grateful that I still have the privilege of continuing to live this thing called life, truly by the grace of God because of His unfailing mercy. Therefore since He loves me so much and gave me a second chance I am living my life strictly for Him and His will for me to the best of my ability by continuing to remain faithful to Him. Huge thank you to all of my amazing family and friends, I love you all!”
While he was wondering around at the hover between the life and the death, not only his family but also many friends talked to him, held his hands, and prayed for him. The prayers were granted. Despite of the wrong choice of drugs, God forgave him, and saved his life. Daniel has changed his life since then.
He was saved not only his body but also his soul, and became a godly man. Like a Bible story when Jesus healed 10 lepers, only one came back to thank Jesus, perhaps Daniel is one of a few people who recognized the price of the grace and responded to Jesus. It is so touching and inspiring.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy. –Philippians 2:13-18 “
Reading Paul’s words to Philippians, which Daniel was quoting, I imagine that is his new way of living now.
I was grouchy, depressed, and critical today, but Daniel changed my negative attitude to be a positive one. I am thankful that he was saved, and grateful for the Bible verse he shared with everyone.