About 5-6 years ago, I almost drowned at Manhattan Beach. It was high tides that day (meaning it was very windy, thus creating vicious waves), and the lifeguards told us to stay as close to the shore as possible. However, my cousin, and I, thought we'd have a competition of who could go to farthest into the water (away from shore). I won the competition, but when it was time to return back to the shore, the wind was so vicious that, with every wave, I was being pulled closer and closer into the sea. I tried to swim back to shore, literally using all of my might, but it was to no avail (trying not to panic because that only makes you drown faster). I soon would have to face the inevitable; that I was going to die that day.
After all of my screams for help went unanswered, I knew then that there was only One Person left to call on. So I began to pray... I wasn't Saved, so I began by saying, "God, please forgive for my sins. I'm sorry. Please give me another chance." I knew this was the end. I had felt the presence of God like never before in my life. It was as if everything else went silent and it was just Him, and I, talking (as a person living in sin, this was SO scary). So I prayed again, "God, please give me another chance." And as soon as I said that, a man came by saying, "Hey, do you need some help?" I said, "YES, PLEASE!!!!" lol... I wept tears of joy when I seen that man. He had a surf board that I grabbed onto as he escorted me back to shore.
After we got to shore, I mean I could've kissed the sand lol. I was so grateful that God spared my life! And me hearing stories about angels miraculously rescuing people and disappearing (Hebrews 13:2), I purposely / closely watched this man to make sure he didn't disappear. But I had gotten distracted for a split-second, and within that split-second, I turned back and the man was gone. I was literally blown away... For the sinful lifestyle that I was leading, I deserved judgement that day. But God heard my cry of repentance and had mercy on me. Having a repentant heart will keep away death, even when it seems in order. So I give God praise for His unfailing love and mercy toward His people. #Hallelujah
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