*My hospital room was a quiet refuge from the physical and emotional trauma I had suffered at the hands of a rival biker gang. I was alone in a hospital bed in Baton Rouge. My body lay in a cocoon of plaster. The body cast restrained my body in the hope of repairing my shattered bones. I was a victim of a violent gang war, and I was suffering from intense pain after being shot in my left arm and right leg with M-16 rifles.
My left arm was held securely inside a plaster cast. The body cast covered my chest; encased my right leg to my ankle and covered my left thigh. A wooden pole separated my legs. Periodically, I was flipped over on my stomach exposing a gaping cut-out in the plaster, necessary for bodily eliminations. Along with the physical pain, the agony of humiliation filled my soul with sorrow and shame.
As I lay in the bed, it occurred to me that I could not find an escape from the uncertainty of the future. My husband, Viggo, had dropped me off at a hospital in another state. He left me alone and totally dependent on the nursing staff to take care of me. *(Excerpt: Chicken Soup for the Soul Inspiration for Nurses – Quiet Refuge)
My body and soul were permanently scarred. Brokenness, hopelessness, and sorrow overwhelmed me. My life would never be the same. Suffering became a constant reminder of the uncertainty of my future. I questioned why God let me live. I had no idea the Lord’s salvation and restoration waited for me.
A few months later I was back in New Jersey. An old friend reached out to me and she began to walk me through the Scriptures. My heart went from hopeless to being hopeful. I learned what the Bible said about my identity. Studying His Word gave me guidance and direction. I choose to trust in His restorative plan for my future. My hope was secure in knowing the Lord’s unfailing love for me.
For I will restore health to you And heal you of your wounds, says the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17a
I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (all verses from NKJV)
God wants to offer each one of us a restored life in His transforming love. Trust Him with your dreams, your brokenness, and your future.
Thank you, Lord, for your restoration. You promise You will never leave us or forsake us! Will you share how God restored an area of your heart?
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Love and Blessings, Maureen