AN EXPERIENCE I WILL NEVER FORGET
Tuesday, April 19th had been a typical commuting to and from the studio. But quickly turned into an almost fatal encounter. As I was traveling on Highway 403, I was shocked to see a man hanging from the overpass. He was about 250 meters ahead of me. Immediately, I could tell that those trying to hang on to him were losing their grip. At any second, the man would fall right onto the lane I was in.
Without hesitation, I made a decision to swerve to avoid hitting him. Within seconds, the man plummeted to the ground. To be honest, I remember I seeing him hit the ground in my mirror. Thankfully, He survived. Other vehicles were far enough behind the scene that they were able to slow traffic down to a stop.
I managed to pull my car over and ran back. The young man was lying in the middle of the highway. I kept my distance as the policemen who had been trying to prevent the fall were already attending to him. Without too much more detail, I met this young man’s mother by the side of the road. She proceeded to explain that she had been trying to get him medical attention for his mental illness. But he left the hospital on foot, and this was the outcome.
A SECOND CHANCE
I took that opportunity to pray with this precious lady as her son lay on the asphalt convulsing due to the shock of the fall. I realized in an instant that God was with this young man and his mother in the middle of their chaos. Furthermore, his life was spared – he got a second chance. An opportunity to make a different choice – a choice to live.
A NEW BEGINNING
I think it’s important, to remember that not all things turn out the way we expect them to. For instance, this young man, whose illness he didn’t choose, brought him to a place where letting go seemed like a better option. Or the desperate plea of his mother trying to get him help. I do not know how things will turn out for this young man or his mother, but I will continue to pray.
FOR YOU AND ME
My hope is that you never have to experience this kind of trauma. For me, this tragic event was a sobering reminder of how much suffering is really out there, and I’d like to propose that we not be so quick to dismiss those in need. It’s easy to turn a blind eye to the hurting around us because if we’re not directly affected, we can pretend it’s not there, and that’s not true.
It is the reality for so many people, and we need to be willing to allow the tangible love of Jesus to flow through us, even if it makes us feel uncomfortable. Those beautiful flower gardens and lawns we envy? They don’t happen without someone intentionally getting down in the dirt, planting seeds, pulling weeds, pruning, and watering that which has been planted. Trust me, I’m preaching to myself, as I consider my own brother’s battle with mental illness.
Jesus’ offer to exchange our burdens for His peace is an amazing deal. I know for me there are times when I need to take His yoke, but there are also times when I need to carry the burden of someone else because they simply can’t. This is what Jesus modeled for us time and time again.
So, if you want to experience a profound sense of renewal and purpose in your walk with God, get down in the dirt – make yourself available to do something uncomfortable. It may be exactly what another person needs to experience the new life and healing found in Jesus.
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Mental Health Support Links
- Wellness Together Canada
- Mental Health Support: Get Help – Canada.ca
- Mental Health Facilities : Canada : Mental Health Services, Help and Support : eMentalHealth.ca
- Mental Health Services – Canada.ca
- Mental Health and Wellness in First Nations and Inuit communities (sac-isc.gc.ca) Home – CMHA National