Survived Several Great Disasters: Testify God’s Grace
By Zhao Na
Li Jun is 48 years old. In the first half of his life he had a bumpy ride. Several times he was on the line, but finally he was safe each time.Could it be that God’s Spirit blessed him to be out of danger? Li Jun was puzzled all the time …
In his childhood, Li Jun once sneaked out to swim in the river. When he swam to the center of the river, suddenly, he felt someone pulling him down hard by gripping his ankles. Li Jun desperately yelled and struggled. Luckily, a few adults found and rescued him. After coming back to the riverbank, Li Jun turned round and looked at the center of the river, his face while and his heart pounding. He thought: If it were not for the uncles’ help, I would never see my parents. At the moment, his eyes filled with tears, and he gratefully looked at those who had saved him.
In his early adult life, Li Jun once drove a tractor to transport dung to the field. There were two people sitting in the back of the tractor. He drove so fast when turning a corner that the tractor lost control and turned over into the ditch by the roadside. At that time, Li Jun, out of his wits, took hold of the steering wheel firmly and wanted to avoid the accident, but in the end he was thrown several meters away. Inexplicably, he was unhurt, and sat on the end of the field steadily. He didn’t know what that was really about. The two people in the back were buried in the dung. They subsequently crawled out slowly, and they were all right, too. When Li Jun came to himself and saw the scene before his eyes, he was relieved, and let out his breath in a long exhalation: Thank Heaven! We are so lucky and it is Heaven who cares us.
In 1992, Li Jun got married. In order to support his family, he began to transport sand to a construction site by tractor. One day, he was driving along the main street in the town. When he had just gone up a precipitous slope and was going down the slope, the tractor gained speed suddenly. Li Jun braked hard as soon as he felt it was not easy to control the direction. Against all expectations, the brake didn’t work, which astonished him at that time. Seeing the tractor dashing down the road like a runaway horse, he was so afraid. It was the rush hour then. As more and more pedestrians came into sight and the tractor couldn’t slow down, Li Jun couldn’t imagine what would happen next. In this time of danger, a clever idea occurred to him. He took an opportunity to spun the wheel sharply in an open space, without thinking if it would turn over. Then he swung the tractor around to go up the slope so that the tractor could slow down. Luckily, both the tractor and he were safe, and the tractor slowed down. At that moment, Li Jun felt weak and limp all over. Later, he difficultly moved to the roadside and sat on the stone, not wanting to move anymore. He was scared and had his heart in his mouth.
In the twinkling of an eye, it was 1995. Li Jun once went to the market by bus at midnight. On the way, the bus turned over into the trench owing to the driver’s drowsy driving. The bus was full of peals of screams. Some people were bleeding heavily from their head wounds, some were groaning for their broken arms…. But there was only a one-centimeter-long small cut into Li Jun’s neck. He came out danger once again. He’d escaped from the dangers time after time, which puzzled him: How could I have such a good luck? Many people who met with such an accident either got injured with their heads broken and bleeding or fractured their arms and legs. And some of them were even killed. But I had a brush with death when encountering a danger every time. Could it truly be that there is a spirit above us watching everything we do? Li Jun thought …
The most dangerous scene happened to Li Jun in 2003 during which he drove a taxi for a living. One afternoon, it was past 2 o’clock. Li Jun picked up two passengers. He’d never imagined that they were robbers. When they arrived at a remote district, the two robbers showed their guns and grabbed his taxi. Then they bound him, injected two narcotics into his body, and put him into the trunk of his taxi. They said they would kill him when the night fell. Li Jun was utterly disheartened when he heard their conversation. The urge to survive drove Li Jun to cried out inside: O Heaven! Please help me! I have both parents and children. My wife is still young. They all look to me to support our family. What are they going to do without me? After that, Li Jun seemed to have confidence and strength. He thought: No I can’t give up easily. Many a time I always managed to land on my feet before. The king of hell didn’t receive me. This time I must have a chance. Li Jun tried to figure out a way to escape. Afterward, he found the narcotics had no effect on him. So, he tried to untie the string which bound his hands. Fortunately, the trunk of the taxi didn’t be locked from the outside. He fumbled at the lock of the trunk from the inside and opened it. Then he watched his moment and jumped out of the taxi. Finally, he escaped from their control. It was incredible for people to escape under such a circumstance, and even the police said it was a miracle.
After Li Jun survived several great disasters, the people who knew him all said that he had a good fortune and was incredibly lucky. At the beginning, Li Jun also thought so, and believed the saying “Good people is repaid with good things.” Later, Li Jun often thought: Why could I miraculously survived many disasters? Are there really so many coincidences in this world?
One day, Li Jun read such passages of words in a book, “Whenever Satan corrupts man or engages in unbridled harm, God does not stand idly by, neither does He brush aside or turn a blind eye to those He has chosen. … As man grows up, Satan’s gaze is fixed on every one of them, like a tiger eyeing its prey. But in doing His work, God has never suffered any limitations of people, events or things, of space or time; He does what He should and does what He must. In the process of growing up, you may encounter many things that are not to your liking, encounter illnesses and frustrations. But as you walk this road, your life and your future are strictly under God’s care. God gives you a genuine guarantee to last all your life, for He is right there beside you, guarding you and looking after you. … So I say the most important thing that God has to do is to guarantee your safety, to guarantee that you will not be devoured by Satan. This is pretty important, isn’t it?” “All that God does for every individual is beyond doubt; He leads everyone by the hand, looks after you at every moment and has never left your side. As people grow up in this kind of an environment and grow up with this kind of background, could we say that people in fact grow up in the palm of God’s hand? … Throughout your long lives, basically every individual has encountered many dangerous situations and undergone many temptations. This is because Satan is right there beside you, its eyes fixed on you constantly. It likes it when disaster strikes you, when calamities befall you, when nothing goes right for you, and likes it when you are caught in Satan’s net. As for God, He is protecting you constantly, keeping you from one misfortune after another and from one disaster after another. This is why I say that everything man has — peace and joy, blessings and personal safety — is in fact all under God’s control, and He guides and decides the life and fate of every individual” (“God Himself, the Unique VI”). “The heart and spirit of man are held in the hand of God, and all the life of man is beheld in the eyes of God. Regardless of whether or not you believe this, any and all things, living or dead, will shift, change, renew, and disappear according to God’s thoughts. This is how God rules over all things” (“God Is the Source of Man’s Life”). After Li Jun read these words, many years of confusion in his heart finally was resolved. It turned out that God had been protecting and taking care of him by his side all the time. Li Jun could survive the dangers and disasters before neither because he had a good destiny, nor because he had a good fortune, but because God cared and protected him at his side all along. Though Satan looked upon Li Jun with covetous eyes and wanted to kill him, yet without God’s permission, Satan dared not touch a single hair on his body. Now Li Jun completely understood: God is the Ruler of the living beings and all things, and everything in the universe is ruled and orchestrated by God. The heart of man will shift according to God’s thoughts. This is how God rules over all things.
Li Jun thought back to the past. When he was a child, he was saved in the river, which was not because he had a good luck, but because God arranged for people in time; when the tractor turned over, according to people’s imagination, the driver would die after being thrown several meters away, yet Li Jun was all right and sat on the end of the field steadily; when the brake of the tractor didn’t work, it was God who led him to turn the tractor right round urgently to get out of danger; when he met the robbers and they wanted to kill him, the narcotics had no effect on him, which even more manifested God’s authority. The reason why the robbers bound Li Jun with a slipknot and didn’t lock the trunk from the outside was not because they were careless, but because their hearts and spirits were all in God’s hands. It was God who supported Li Jun with His wisdom and power so that Li Jun was protected when Satan wanted to devour him time and again. Now, Li Jun felt it was a great blessing to have God’s care and protection. When Li Jun thought about his latter life, he didn’t know how many dangerous things would happen. But he was no longer scared out of his wits or trembled with fright. This was because he came before God and thereafter he began to have something to rely on and to place his hope upon, and further have the security of life. He felt incomparable steadfast in his heart and delighted for finding God.
Looking back the first part of his life, Li Jun realized he indeed grew up in the palm of God’s hand. Only after passing half his lifetime did he have a little knowledge of God’s love. His gratitude and indebtedness toward God was beyond words. What he could only do in return was that he determined to follow God, seek the truth to gain life, and perform his duty and responsibility so that he could live out the likeness of a true person to satisfy God’s heart, and live up to God’s careful thought and consideration.
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