«My son give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways» (Proverbs 23:26).
I had reached adolescence. A world full of possibilities was presented before me. I liked girls, my friends, and sports. In addition, I played on the school basketball team, which gave me some popularity and acceptance among my friends.
Since I was a child, my parents had taken me to church every Sabbath. But the truth is that by the time I reached adolescence, church no longer represented anything. I just didn’t want to go to church every Sabbath. Then, some friends invited me to skid some dunes near La Paz (Baja California Sur, Mexico) aboard a van. It was amazing to spin at great speed! Suddenly, the driver’s lack of expertise caused the vehicle to overturn. I was thrown several meters and lay in the sand. I remember waking up to the sound of an ambulance coming to pick me up. They immediately put me in the ambulance and took me to the hospital where my father worked as a doctor. On the way, my head was spinning. We went quickly into the hospital and the doctors started checking me out. Then my father came. He talked to his colleagues for a moment and then said: «Son, that left leg looks very bad. You may lose it.»
«But why!» I asked in desperation.
«The knee has received a heavy blow: In addition, it seems that after being thrown out of the vehicle, the van did several turns and the back part fell on your leg. The good thing is that the terrain was sandy and not hard.»
«And what are they going to do?»
«We will wait for the results of the X-rays and the opinion ofthe traumatologist,» said my father.
The light of a huge lamp struck my face, as I lay on the stretcher. At that moment I felt faint. Until that time my life without God seemed like a dream. How could I live without one of my legs! The doctors left the room. I was alone. Then I lifted my eyes to heaven and prayed: «Lord, I know I have not been what You expect. But I promise You, if You save my leg, I’m going to dedicate myself to You.» When the doctors came back with the results, they said, «This is a miracle! Your knee has not suffered any fractures. Only the leg has suffered the injury. You’re going to recover in a few months.» A tear rolled down my cheeks.
I will never forget the day I gave Him my heart. Believe me, it was the best decision of my life. You, too, can do this today, and never abandon His ways.