He Woke Up Paralyzed and Bitter
August 18, 2014
Kenya — David worked on a farm in Kenya and spent most of the little money he earned on alcohol. One night, while walking on the road in a drunken stupor, he was struck by a car and seriously injured. After the accident, David woke up in the hospital, fortunate to be alive but unfortunate to learn that he was paralyzed.
After months of treatment, he returned home a very bitter man and cursed God for what had happened to him. He heaped verbal abuse on his wife and children until they could take it no longer. In desperation they asked a pastor to visit him, which the pastor did several times while enduring David’s verbal abuse.
But one day the pastor brought a radio with him and tuned it to a TWR program in Swahili, David’s own language. He turned up the volume and put it out of David’s reach and left. David had no choice but to listen. He was challenged by the speaker, who told of God’s love for listeners even though they may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
The next day David listened again – then again and again. At last he surrendered to Christ, and his life was completely changed! Today he plays his guitar at church and participates as much as he can. With tears in his eyes, David gives thanks for TWR programs and for the change that Christ made in his life.
David’s story is a modern application of Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians. Put away fits of anger, enmity, strife and drunkenness, Paul says, and seek the fruits of the spirit – patience, kindness, joy and self-control.