Today’s a new day day! Don’t let the world tell you suffering is the end of your story. Your suffering could be the start of a beautiful miracle. ~OC
Memories. They can make you smile, laugh and cry. Sometimes memories just make you sit back and reflect. That happened to me this morning, as I scrolled through my Facebook page and a memory from May 13, 2009 jumped out at me. It took me back. On this date in 2009, I went back to work after a month in the hospital and recovery at home. I did not realize at the time that life would never be the same.
As I went back to work that Wednesday morning, I thought things would go back to normal. Little did I realize that my life would never be normal again. Several days after going back to work, I would end up back in the hospital. This scene would play out many times over the next few months. I would work a few days and end up in the hospital for a few weeks. Finally after seeing this Groundhog Day moment several times (Google the movie Groundhog Day), my medical team shared it was time for me to retire and go on disability. Retire? Disability? I was only in my early 40’s. I was not real excited about this new normal. But this new normal was now part of my life. Little did I realize what a crazy beautiful journey God would allow me to experience.
As I have walked this new normal since 2009, I have become a full time Abolitionist, a Missionary and a published Author. I doubt any of my teachers or professors would have ever guessed I would write a book. During this new normal, my faith became so much stronger. My wife Laura and I have experienced so many amazing adventures. I definitely would not have chosen this new normal, but I would not change a thing. My new normal has become a beautiful gift. Thanks Facebook for the memory. ~OC
Today’s a new day! God knows how to take a mess and make a miracle. ~OC
The picture below might just look like a bunch of running shoes to most people, but the story goes much deeper. These are a collection of my miracle shoes.
In 2009, my health declined to such a level, that some doctors only gave me 24 hours to live. At that time I was told I would never run again. But as I was fighting for my life, I always believed God would allow me to run again. That believe ran so deep, I used to buy a new pair of running shoes every year. This photo is just a few of them.
On December 1, 2019, after ten years of believing God would allow me to run again, I ran one mile. Then I completed my first 5k in ten years. Then a few weeks ago, I completed my first half-marathon. God is so good.
So I want to encourage you to continue believing in your dream, even when people tell you it’s impossible. Nothing is impossible with God. Won’t He Do It! ~OC
The miracles continue in my life. I continue to be blown away by everything God has done and is doing in my life.
This past Saturday morning, God woke me up at 4am and shared he wanted to do something special in my life. No, I did not hear the audible voice of God, but he did speak to my heart. I was ready for whatever special thing he wanted to do in my life. At least I thought I was ready.
I was already planning on running Saturday morning. I thought I would knock out 5 miles. God had other plans for me that morning. As I approached 5 miles, I felt God encouraging me to keep going. Great I will get 6 miles in today I thought. But God had bigger plans than 6 miles. I just kept running until I had reached 13.1 miles. A half-marathon! Are you kidding me? I had not run that distance in 11 years. I have only been able to run again since December 1, 2019. What a beautiful gift from God. I was filled with so many emotions at that moment. God is so good.
I do not know what storm you are facing at this time. You might be in the biggest fight of your life. I want to encourage you to keep praying. To keep believing your miracle is one prayer away. I had a lot of people praying for me for almost 18 years, before I received my miracle. Never give up! ~OC
Just a little update about my miracle. ~OC
In March 2009, I ran my last 5k. A few weeks later, I was told I only had 24 hours to live. For the next ten years, I would be fighting for my life. On November 3, 2019, I experienced an incredible miracle healing from God. This morning, I completed my first competitive 5k in over 10 years. The Miracle continues. ~OC
As many of you know, I experienced an incredible miracle on November 3,2019. After not being able to speak without the assistance of a voice amplifier and being on a feeding tube for several years, I experienced healing at a Prayer & Healing Encounter. I have not had to use my feeding tube or voice amplifier since that night. God is good!
I have shared before, that I used to be a long distance runner before getting sick again in 2009. I ran my last official race in March 2009. I literally have not run since that day. I have always had a desire to run again. I even buy new running shoes once a year, in anticipation of running again. Yesterday, I officially signed up for my first race in ten years. On March 21, 2020, I will be running a 5k. I guess I better buy those gold running shoes and start training. See you at the finish line. ~OC