PASTOR STEVE & LAURA SHAVER'S TESTIMONY

ROCK BOTTOM  

At age 23, I was married, had a good paying job and all the material things I could need or want. Though it seemed I had it all, there was something missing.

On September 10,1982, 3:45pm Mountain Time, any control I thought I had on my own life was to be shaken to the core.

I was at work in Parachute, Colorado, on an oil shale project where I was involved in drilling from a man basket over the side of a mountain. At 3:45, the accident occurred that was to change my life. I was dropped 70 feet below to a road where I then found myself unable to get up. Some people say that they had to hit rock bottom, but I had to fall 70 feet to get there! After being air lifted to a hospital 60 miles away, I learned that I was suffering from bi-lateral compound fractures of the tibula/fibula (both bones in both legs, below my knees) and a shattered left arm. These were devastating, but minor in compared to what the complications were to be. The next morning, I had what the medical world call a fat embolism, which in turn caused me to require an artificial breathing machine, and I slipped into a coma. This is the point which my wife hit her “rock bottom” and called upon the name of the Lord ( Rom 10:13).

During that time, I became conscious, though I remained in I.C.U. on a ventilator for the better part of that week. It was during my recovery period, that I realized deep in my heart, that God had a special plan for my life, and was drawing me, by His goodness to Himself.

Before the accident, Laura and I, though we lived in the same house, were living separate lives, but in the following months, we became best friends again. She is now the “joyful mother of children” (Ps. 113:9). We have two grown sons who love the Lord, and the Lord has blessed us with a third son after fifteen years between children.

I knew God had His hand on my life and I kept seeking Him. You know the bible says that if we keep on seeking we will find. In the fall of 1983, I found what I was looking for. The One who had saved my physical life in September 1982 now became the Savior of my soul. He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. He laid down His life for me. His name is Jesus Christ, God’s son and ever since I invited Him into my heart and life, I’ve had peace. It hasn’t all been easy, but He’s always with me.

Not everyone has to fall 70 feet or go through their own tragedy to get to know Jesus. In the bible it says that He wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:4)

I am not proud of all the things in my past, but I am forever grateful for the changes that Jesus has brought about in me. 2 Cor. 5:17 says that “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” Jesus gave me a second chance, I never knew that I could know Him personally, but now that I do, my life has direction and meaning. I’ve found what I was missing, when He found me.

I could go into more detail and make this a long story, but I do not believe that I need to. If you know Jesus, (and if you’re not sure - you probably do not) you can know Him any time you choose to. He is waiting. The choice is yours. Ask Him to forgive you and change you from the inside out. He loves you! He made His choice for you on the cross. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. (John 3:16)

You do not have to “clean up your act” first. Give your heart to Jesus - that is the part of you He wants first. He will show you what directions to take from there. Choose life. You will never regret it.

Thanks for your time,
Steve

Hear my cry, O God; 
            Attend to my prayer. 
           From the end of the earth I will cry to You, 
            When my heart is overwhelmed; 
            Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Ps 61) 
            This was the cry of my heart on September 11, 1982, though I didn’t know Psalm 61, then, I desperately called out to the One Higher than I. 
            You know, Steve and I were kind of like the prodigal son in the bible. We had left home and were living in rebellion, spending our money on illicit things, wild living and giving no thought to eternity. 
            But as the prodigal son did, we ‘came unto ourselves’ and realized that, spiritually speaking, we were living in the pigpen.
I came to the “end of myself” on September 11, 1982, in St Mary’s hospital, Grand Junction Colorado, as I watched my husband gasping for each breath and I realized that one of those labored breaths could be his last.

Steve was unconscious.

The doctors wanted me out of the way.

I was utterly alone.

But deep inside I knew that there was someone I could talk to. I sat down on the hospital floor outside of Steve’s room where they were desperately trying to stabilize him, and I made a bargain with my creator. “Just let him live, Lord, and we will live our lives for You.” It was a desperate plea- but I meant it.

My heart changed that day. And our lives have never been the same.

Do you ever have the feeling that you just can’t measure up? That no matter how hard you try, you just have a dull ache inside?  Maybe you’ve given up… Maybe you’re still searching… Let me tell you - in our own strength, we never can measure up. That’s why Jesus say’s I am “THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”. You see, He made a way for us to “measure up”. He sent Jesus Christ to die in our place and to take all our sins with Him. Through the blood of Jesus, God pronounces us “not guilty”. We could never measure up on our own in a million years - “it is by grace you are saved through faith, that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, nor as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Eph. 2:8). Jesus asks that you receive His free gift, though. What good would it do to have a present and never open it? Jesus is a gift - who must be received. He wants to exchange your sin for His righteousness.

Well, as you have seen, God heard my prayer and I’ve kept my end of the bargain. You know, as devastating as Steve’s accident was, we both thank God every day for allowing it to happen, because we gained eternity - “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” No, there’s nothing back there that we miss or want. Like Peter said to Jesus after some had betrayed Him, “Where would I go, Lord? You have the words of eternal life.” As Steve was on the brink of death, I realized in a split second that we were reaping what we had sown. “The wages of sin is death - (both physically and spiritually) but praise God, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (see Rom. 6:23).

You have a decision to make. No, your story isn’t like ours; it doesn’t have to be. But there are only two types of people in the whole world - those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and those who have heard the good news and have rejected Him. Which one are you?

If you want to know Him, and you’re dead serious about following Him, say this prayer:

Father, I thank You that because of Jesus Christ I can approach You and ask for mercy. Lord, I know I’ve done wrong - I’ve sinned against You and lived my life without You. But Lord, I realize today that I need a savior - and that You are the only way. I repent - I believe - and I praise You for Your goodness.

Accept me into the family of God.

In Jesus name, Amen!

If you meant that from your heart, you have just passed from death unto life. Tell someone. Begin to read the Bible - God’s love letter to you. Start with the book of John. And get with other Christians who will encourage you and build you up in God.

Jesus is the Rock who is the Most High. We love Him with all our hearts and we love you, too. If you need to talk to someone, give us a call. We’d be overjoyed to tell you more, (540) 839-2053, or email - us
sshaver@tds.net.

 

“I waited patiently for the LORD;

And He inclined to me,

And heard my cry.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,

Out of the miry clay,

And set my feet upon a rock,

And established my steps.

He has put a new song in my mouth-

Praise to our God;

Many will see it and fear,

And will trust in the LORD.

                                                Psalm 40:1-3

 

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