“Hi my name is Rob. I grew up in a loving family that taught me to believe in God and brought me to church. I always felt that it was right, but it really wasn’t a priority in my life. When I was 21, I thought I had it all, but I couldn’t have been less happy with my life. I was just full of hate and bitterness. At this time my parents were going through a rough divorce, and I just felt like it was tearing me apart, and there was nothing I could do about it. Instead of seeking guidance, I just acted out and became reckless. My driving, my actions, decisions, everything was just extreme.
“One night in particular, August 25th 2008, I had left band practice with my three friends. On our way home I decided to take a different route home. We were speeding down a straight road, and I looked up and saw a yellow light and yelled “I can make it.” I pressed the pedal to the floor and flew through the intersection. Somehow my back tire came off the rim and sent me in a violent set of swerves until I lost control. We went straight though a telephone pole and rolled through about 25 feet of cornfields. I can’t say that I remember a lot of this but what I do remember is feeling like there was something holding me in my seat, covering my eyes, and holding my hands all at the same time. Somehow we all managed to get out of the car and walk to the road.
“When I got to the hospital and came to, I was informed that I had broken my C-2 vertebrae and found out that when most people break their neck it’s only a hairline fracture. I apparently broke mine milometers apart. They said that it’s not only a miracle I survived, but that I climbed out of the car and walked on it without becoming paralyzed. It was unheard of. So I already knew at this point that this wasn’t luck, but the hand of God stepping in and saving me. Well with me being prepped for a tough surgery and a long recovery, my parents agreed to hold off the divorce to help take care of me. I ended up being stuck in a hospital bed for 6 months. This is when it really hit me. I had lost my car, my job, and pretty much everything that I felt like I had. I didn’t know what to do and felt like I completely hit rock bottom and lost everything. And that’s when God met me there. I remember just crying out to him and saying, ‘Please save me. I can’t do this alone anymore, and I need help.’ My life hasn’t been the same since. I was healed 100% in 6 months, my parents are still happily married, and I have an amazing relationship with a God that saved my life. I can’t begin to tell you how crazy it feels to look back and think of all of this.
“While this was going on, I had no insurance, I had lost my car, my job; I lost everything. I was just stuck in a hospital bed. Not only was my parents’ relationship mended by God, but I only had to pay $100 out of about $100,000 of the medical bill. It was covered by the state. God wasn’t like ‘I’m gonna do a little bit.’ He exceeded every single expectation that I could possibly think of. It’s just so humbling to say, ‘God I need you,’ and He says ‘I’m here. I’m here and I’ve got it all worked out.’
“In these past seven years, God has shown me so much. He taught me how to surrender my feelings and problems, He taught me forgiveness, and He taught me what love really is. I can honestly say I know what my purpose is in life, and I have something to work toward, and a God there to lead and teach me. It was the most important decision I will probably ever make in my life, and I am so glad that I was given the chance.”