Have you ever wondered why events in your life happen the way they do?
My name is Bobby McCoy and I would like to share my story with you.
As a young man, I never considered what life would be like in a wheelchair. I participated in and enjoyed a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities. On January 13, 1999 at the age of 22, my life would change forever. I had been at church and was returning to school where I was in the last semester of my graduate degree. While sitting in my car stopped at a red light, a car approaching the same intersection failed to stop. He hit a car and then swerved and hit my car in the driver’s side door. For a moment, the circumstances seemed to indicate that I had been involved in a simple car accident, but the accident would prove to be much more severe. As I sat in my wrecked vehicle, I noticed that it was still idling. I reached up to turn the key in the ignition when for the first time I realized I could not move my arms or hands.
I attempted to get out of the car, but could not move. I had heard of accidents which resulted in paralysis, but I never imagined that this would happen to me. Anger swept over me. How could this happen to me? I could see the man that had hit my car. He was walking around and seemed to be fine. Everything in my life had been going according to plan. I was going to finish graduate school, get married to my fiancée in six months, and live my life for God. Now, in a quarter of a second, I had become paralyzed. Immediately, I recognized my lack of trust in God. I desired to live for Him, but now questioned Him for allowing this to happen. Truths from these verses came to mind:
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God…”
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
I Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
I recognized that even in these circumstances, God was in complete control. Through my shattered windshield I watched the ambulance arrive; I bowed my head and asked God to help me in my present condition. As I accepted the truth that God was in complete control, I received a peace that only God could give. As a 5 year old boy, I had accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.
I recognized that:
God loves me—John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
I am a sinner—Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Even though I am a sinner, Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins—Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
I had personally asked God to forgive me of my sins and accepted His Son’s work on the cross for my salvation—Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
I have a new appreciation that my salvation is not based upon any good works that I have done—Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
I praise God for the precious gift of my salvation. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then you can do so right now. If you are right now facing difficult circumstances in your life, then recognize that God is in complete control. Your circumstances are an opportunity to draw you closer to Him. In my case, God loves me enough to provide eternal life and to help me in the difficult circumstances of life. He is in complete control of all circumstances. God works all things for our good and His glory.
Since my accident, God has indeed been faithful to me. He helped me with my rehabilitation, He made it possible for me to marry my fiancée, He helped me complete graduate school, and He has provided me with the opportunity to serve Him in full time ministry even though I am in a wheelchair. What seemed to be a tragedy has been part of the equipping process so that I can better serve God. He will do the same for you!
Bobby McCoy is available to share his testimony or preach at your church. His wife Sarah also shares her account of the story in Ladies’ meetings. For more information, please visit www.bobbymccoy.com.