There is a fallacy that accidents happen to others but not to oneself. Having believed in this, it gave me a false sense of security that I let down my guard, especially at home. However, this incident has given me an opportunity to testify to the greatness and glory of God for giving me a second chance in life as He saved me from the jaws of death.
It happened on the morning of Dec 2, 2020 at 3.30 am. For some inexplicable reason, I stepped out of my room wanting to use the toilet downstairs; when I could have used the toilet in my own room. Little did I realize I was on the edge of the stairs, and in a flash, I found myself tumbling down seven steps to the landing below. By God’s grace, I was able to move after not moving for 3 to 4 minutes. There was a deep cut on my chin, but little did I realize that the fall had caused a blood clot to form in my head. For the next two weeks life seemed “normal”. I did not suffer from headaches or any aftereffects from the fall.
Then it happened – just after Christmas, on Dec 26 or 27. I believe that was the date as I had no recollection after my blackout until I woke up in hospital after my operation to clear the blood clot.
As was told to me by close friends, I must have been unconscious for one or two days in the house toilet after the second fall. I will not go through the details as it will be a very long story. It was during this crucial moment of my life that God was closest to me. Had it not been for the help extended by my close friends and those in Ampang SG, I would not be alive today to tell my story.
God had prompted some SG members to find out what had happened to me when my calls went unanswered. What can I say except that it was God who intervened at the right moment when I needed help.
When they finally came to my house, they found me sprawled on the floor of my toilet downstairs; very weak, wet and barely conscious. They called the police and paramedics. Fortunately, my neighbour had my house key. They called my nephew who rushed back from Muar due to this emergency. I was rushed to the Ampang Puteri Hospital for medical attention, Thereafter, my nephew who is a surgeon in the government hospital arranged for me to have a Burr Hole operation at the KL Hospital.
When I woke up after the operation, I was very lucid. After 3 days in hospital, I was much better but had to spend more than a month in a nursing home to get the necessary care I needed.
It was during this time that I reflected on God’s love and care for me. On hindsight, my fall was not by chance. I realize a Mighty Hand had taken care of me and never forsook me. I also realize how important it is to stay close with spiritual friends; the kind that build us up when we are down or celebrate with us when we succeed. It is important to have true friends whose commitment and dedication are deeper than your physical family. I know this because God promised it.
In closing I would like to quote from Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot….” It’s obvious my time is not up and God has worked a miracle in my life in that I’m now well having recovered and fully recuperated. Through this incident I learnt not to be unduly worried about circumstances in my life. Instead, I should fully put my trust in the One who cares and sustains me no matter what situations I face. Great is God’s faithfulness and greatly js He to be praised.
Finally, I quote one of my favourites – Psalm 121: 1-2
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and Earth….”Psalm 121: 1-2
Indeed, God is my strength and shield – a very present help in time of trouble.
To Him Be All Glory and Praise!