Sometimes, God graciously chooses to use our foolish mistakes to bring about tremendous good in ways we could’ve never imagined.
March 18, 2019
Traffic was backed up for several hours after a two-vehicle accident in Camden County. “I was just with my dad and we were…I don’t really remember where we were going…but it was a terrible head-on collision,” said Tracy, the young man involved in the accident. The state route where the accident occurred was closed for about four hours as crews worked to clear the scene. The sheriff’s office there confirmed one person did die in that crash. “They airlifted me to the hospital,” Tracy recalled. “Just so much at one time. Just so devastating.”
“His dad, you know, died instantly in the car. The car rolled over, caught on fire, and it blew up,” said Tracy’s mother, reminiscing on the terrible event. “Walking into his hospital room…he was just—that was really hard. I mean, he had a trach, he had a neck brace on, and his face was all swollen…he had no brain damage though, thank God. But his spinal cord was injured, he had a shattered back, they took out two-thirds of his large intestines, 19 feet of his small intestines, they took out part of his colon…when they hooked him up to the feeding tube, it actually punctured a hole in his stomach because his body couldn’t handle that. He was fed through his veins.
“None of the doctors, none of the nurses, nobody thought he was going to make it.”
“He had a broken scapula, broken hand, broken ribs, punctured lung, transected aorta, which that’s how his dad died, his dad bled to death. Which is a miracle that he could survive a transected aorta. Most people don’t survive that,” Tracy’s mother said. “None of the doctors, none of the nurses, nobody thought he was going to make it.”
Aside from Tracy’s medical injuries, there was a lot of healing to do emotionally also. “He took to hockey. He always played hockey, and he was good at it, too. There were nationals, traveling and everything,” Tracy’s mother added, realizing Tracy would never be able to return to his favorite sport after the injuries he incurred.
Having spent four months in the hospital with all of his serious injuries, both Tracy and his mother seemed to have very limited hope.
“He doesn’t ask why or anything. He doesn’t say it’s not fair. But Tracy was spending his time playing video games or he’s on YouTube searching videos. And being on YouTube, he ran into Ray Comfort’s videos.” Tracy remembered Ray saying, “Well, the Law is like a mirror. It shows us we’ve sinned against God. That we’re liars and thieves and adulterers at heart and once we see ourselves in truth by looking into that Law, then we go to Christ for forgiveness of sins.”
“Well, the Law is like a mirror. It shows us we’ve sinned against God. That we’re liars and thieves and adulterers at heart and once we see ourselves in truth by looking into that Law, then we go to Christ for forgiveness of sins.”
“Before I watched Living Waters, I didn’t really understand exactly what it meant to repent and what repentance really meant,” Tracy said. “I stopped telling lies and I was more truthful. I’m really thankful that those videos are online because they really help a lot.” “Living Waters has been such a blessing to Tracy,” Tracy’s mother stated.
“I used to watch guys like Joel Osteen, but now I watch guys like Ray Comfort because he speaks the truth and the truth matters more. The stuff I’ve learned from Living Waters has helped me learn to share my faith online,” Tracy remarked. “I want to one day be able to learn how to witness to people and open-air preach and lead people to Christ. “
“I’m grateful for Ray and for the ministry Living Waters,” said Tracy’s mom as tears of gratitude rolled down her cheeks. “Because listening to Ray Comfort every day just gives [Tracy] life, puts life in him. Keeps the life in him. There’s just no words for that. He praises God and he’s so thankful every day. He just says, ‘Even if I never get better, what Jesus has already done for me is more than enough.’”
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