CELEBRATION OF TRANSFORMATION- Blessings Chavula

It was the year 2009 and just a normal day for me as an accounting student coming from school when I suddenly felt my legs go numb and I realised I could no longer walk. It was out of nowhere. I didn’t have a history of any health issues in my life or my family. My classmate called my parents who came to take me home. 

After that I had a series of trips to all the big hospitals in the country. By that time my hands had also become numb. Despite all the scanning and testing I went through, the doctors still couldn’t find any problem and that meant I couldn’t get any medication or treatment. 

Fast forward to a couple of weeks after all this, my mum had taken me to her friend for prayers. Before she prayed for me, she asked me to accept Jesus as the Lord and saviour of my life. And my reaction was “come on I have heard this before and I have done that tons of times, give a guy a break”. I was frustrated.

I continued to struggle with the problem. I could barely fasten my buttons or tie my laces. Sometimes I had crawl from my bedroom to the bathroom. One day I was watching TV and I flipped channels and found a preacher on God TV. As he preached, his word hit me hard that I bowed and I prayed to God for forgiveness and asked for healing again. The healing didn’t come instantly, but I gradually felt better with less convulsions, loss of balance and uncontrolled movement. I found myself going to good a bible church with great fellowship. I began finding a sense of peace that despite what I was going through there was actually a God out there who cared and promised to never leave or forsake me. I listened to the song ‘Praise You In This Story’ by Casting Crowns on repeat. My prayer throughout the storm of slowly recovering was ‘God, how do you want Your name to be glorified in this?’.  

Ten years later I am whole. I am whole because I know God, and I sometimes wonder if it wasn’t for this storm I might now have come to know God as I do. It can be so easy to think we can do things on our own when everything is going on well. I think that sometimes God puts us in situations that we can’t handle by ourselves so that we stay dependent on the architect of this complex universe. 

I think that sometimes God puts us in situations that we can't handle by ourselves so that we stay dependent on the architect of this complex universe. Click To Tweet

I later discovered my condition is called Neuropathy and I have now lived with it since 2009. I am better now. I can pretty much do anything. I finished my studies in accountancy and now I work as an accountant at a school. I also love to lead in Kids Church, watch football and participate in a Growth Group. When I have bad days my prayer remains the same: ‘God, let your name be glorified in this’.

When I have bad days my prayer remains the same: ‘God, let your name be glorified in this’. Click To Tweet

Blessings is known by many of the children at Flood after his years of leading Kids Church. He currently serves on the Core Team at Flood where he leads the 7-8s Kids Church class.

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