What Easter did for me

The Easter message resonates with different people in different ways, whether it is a feeling of gratefulness for Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, the  possibility of new beginnings or reminding us of our own struggles and how we’ve overcome them.

When I was 28 years old I found out I had a hole in my heart which had been there since birth. Up until that point it had gone unnoticed but was becoming a serious problem which caused me to have a stroke.

Three months later I had a second stroke. It left me temporarily unable to speak or move. I was told by doctors that I needed to have heart surgery to close the hole. If I didn’t it was almost certain that my condition, if left untreated, would lead to my death. Physically I was broken. Emotionally I was drained but spiritually I was just starting to wake up.

It was a traumatic time but probably the most important and defining experience of my life. It proved to me that God was present in my life and without that experience I don’t think I would have recognised it.

The battle didn’t beat me. God helped me overcome my obstacles. Jesus shared in my suffering and helped me through it (Hebrews 4:15). I’ve gained so much more from knowing Gods presence in my life that the pain I endured seems insignificant in comparison. The peace I feel proves to me that God can reach you wherever you are in life (Philippians 4:7). In Matthew 27:46 Jesus utters words of abandonment when he says “My
God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus was subjected to complete separation from His Father on the cross so that in our time of need we never have to be. The resurrection of Jesus Christ gave me the hope to get through my situation and start again. I had my operation and am now thankfully fully healed. No hurt is beyond the healing power of God. My new beginning began when God opened my eyes and I finally saw Jesus. That’s what I’ll remember this Easter.

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