Minor surgery turns into life and death struggle

My name is Lorraine and I live in Zimbabwe,Africa. I want to tell you of God's grace and mercy. Many years ago I had a lump on my back and went in for minor surgery. Whilst I was under anesthetic I had an experience I would never ever forget. My spirit left my body and I could see the nurses and the doctor struggling and saying what's happening with her - she's not responding. Well, while this was happening, I went into a long dark tunnel and I hear a voice say, "your time has come - you're not returning - you're dying".

I cried out about my children, my husband who would be shocked and who would take care of them. The voice said, "I'm sorry you had your chance". Well, I cried and pleaded and I promised God that if He gave me another chance I would do whatever He wanted. I was given that chance and a small light came through the tunnel growing brighter and brighter and I finally opened my eyes. When I opened my eyes there was a nurse standing next to me and she said wow, "you really gave us afright." I was still shaken over my experience as that time I had backslidden and was being disobedient.

Unfortunately, it was not a few years after that, that I forgot all about my promise to God and went on my own way. However, God's grace and mercy is sufficient for me and I'm glad that the Lord is slow toanger and compassionate. It's now been almost 5 years since I have been faithfully following Jesus.

Sometimes we forget who has shown us mercy and I want to thank God and to encourage those of you who feel like giving up. Don't give up, God loves you and He has a purpose for you. Don't be sidetracked by the things of the world and the devil - keep your eyes focussed on Jesus. Yes, there are valleys, but for every valley there's a mountainpeak.

God has started to move in a way I never thought He would move and He's using me. People are shocked, surprised when they look at me but God's ways are not our ways. He uses the most ordinary people. God is a God of miracles.