The evening was not going as planned. The idea had been to prayer walk in small groups around the Colorado Springs city park, talking with people along the way. But somehow Amy had gotten separated from her group. She wondered what to do next. Not wanting to wander too far, she paced up and down in front of the park entrance.
After a while, an older gentleman approached slowly on a bicycle. He dismounted, and leaned against it, appearing to be waiting for someone. Looking for a way to begin a conversation, Amy noticed a large tattoo on his arm and commented, “Nice tat.”
“Thanks!” replied the man, “I love the Denver Broncos.” Amy was confused for a minute until she noticed his baseball cap of the Broncos football team – he must have thought she was commenting on his hat.
“Yeah, the Broncos are great,” Amy responded. “A few of them came to visit me while I was in the hospital in Denver.”
“Really? No kidding!” The gentleman was obviously impressed. “What were you in there for?”
“Plans to give you hope and a future…”
Amy began to recount her story of a scared thirteen-year-old facing a life-threatening cancerous brain tumor. An emergency eight-hour operation miraculously removed the tumor, just millimeters away from her spine. If the doctors hadn’t discovered it in time, Amy could have been paralyzed or killed.
But there was another kind of cancer that had been eating away at Amy’s joy and peace – a cancer of rebellion, bitterness, and wanting her own way. As she began the long recovery process after the operation – re-learning to speak and to walk, enduring countless shots, and swallowing dose after dose of foul-tasting medicine, she repented of her rebellion and turned back to Jesus, allowing Him to give her a fresh start for her heart! Here’s the rest of the story in Amy’s own words:
“I firmly believe God allowed this so I would recognize His Hand on my life, and to draw me back to Himself. I can’t tell you the times I’ve been able to share with people what Jesus Christ has done in me; how He healed me after doctors gave me very little hope. His Touch on my life has opened a door that otherwise could not have been opened. When I have felt ‘down’ He reminds me that He’s got a Plan (notice the capital P!), and I can completely trust that my future is in His Hands!”
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)