Im Leben und Sterben: Einheit mit Christus!
DesiringGod hat gerade eben einen Bericht über den gestern verstorbenen, 14-jährigen Victor Manuel Watters veröffentlicht.
Er ist durch sein Krebsleiden in eine christliche Familie adoptiert worden und hat sich dort bekehrt. Gott ist so gnädig!
Es lohnt sich, diesen Bericht zu lesen
aber auch, einen Artikel von vor ca. einem Jahr über diese Familie zu lesen, die schon damals von der Souveränität Gottes begeistert war.
Nicht jeder von uns mag solche Dinge erleben, aber (1) wir dürfen das Zeugnis anderer hören/lesen (so auch dieses!) und (2) wir können auch im Kleinen lernen, uns in Allem an Gott zu erfreuen! (Vielleicht bereitet Gott uns damit – wie es bei dieser Familie war – auf etwas Größeres vor.)
So groß der Schmerz bei allen Beteiligten ist – ich kann es selbst bei mir fühlen -, so groß ist die Freude über Gottes großen Plan, diesen Jungen zu retten!
Wer nun noch meinen Artikel ließt und nicht diesen hier (http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/giving-thanks-for-victor-manuel-watters), der soll hier auch einen Auszug bekommen:
In May of this year Victor was baptized. Here is the testimony that he wrote and shared:
I was born in a non-Christian family. I don’t think we ever went to church. And I didn’t ever think about where I would go if I died. God changed me probably a little differently from most people. He changed me through cancer. I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in December of 2006. They found out I had cancer because I had a seizure. The tumor in my hip got so big that it had shut down some of my organs.
I was moved into foster care because both of my parents were making bad decisions. I went to church sometimes with my new foster parents, but I didn’t care about Jesus or God at that time. In the hospital, I would always think to myself that it was by my strength that I could get through this. Well, by God’s grace I met the Watters family, which was just the start of everything.
God decided that he wanted to move me to a Christian family. The Watters were really wanting to adopt me, which was perfect timing, because at that time, my foster parents were not able to take care of me anymore. So I became a Watters.
Living with the Watters for a couple of months, my mom one day told me about Christ and how he died for me. That same day, I knelt down on our kneeler and accepted Christ. I believe that God gave me cancer for a reason, and that reason was to meet the Watters and become a Christian so that I can be with him forever!
So I’m getting baptized because I truly believe that God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to die on the cross for all of our sins, and to save us from eternal fire. I am trusting that God is sovereign over everything, including cancer, and that he has a wonderful plan laid ahead for my life, and he will never let Satan take me from his hands.
God is the hero of Victor’s story. […]