When I was 5 years old, my mum sent me to be taken care of by my aunt one evening
I was at the entrance of her flat as my aunt was welcoming guests for a gathering. After a short while, she made me sit on the parapet. My aunt placed her hand on my lap, and my back was facing the rough, rocky carpark.
As she was talking to an uncle, she started to burst into laughter. Unknowingly, she removed her hand from my lap and I fell backwards from that third storey.
I remember feeling like I was rotating in the air. Then a strong wind came and pushed me to a grass patch where I landed on my back.
My aunt came running down the stairs and asked if I was alright. I said “yes”.
Since that incident, I started having severe migraines.
My mum wasn’t told about what happened that night.
Whenever we were in the neighbourhood, I always shared with my mum that this was where I had a fall. But she would truncate my conversation, thinking that I was joking.
It was only years later when she decided to listen to what I had to say. After I explained what had happened and we had a talk with my aunt, my mum cried.
She said that I was a gifted child from God since I was saved in a miraculous way.
But the question in my heart was: Who was this God?
The answer came when I was 19.
The night before the A-Level results were released, I received a call from a Christian friend. He shared that a pastor had come to his place and asked if I had any prayer requests.
I greeted the pastor on the phone and introduced myself. I only mentioned that I wanted good results for my A-Levels. I didn’t share anything else.
While the pastor was praying, he said: “Sister, God loves you and you are a gifted child from God because He has saved your life by a strong wind.”
I cried after hearing that. The pastor had no idea why I was in tears, but I thanked him and said my prayer had been answered.
My question had finally been answered: It was Jesus who saved me.
That day, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.
Growing up, I had heard stories about what God had done in the life of another aunt who is a Christian. But that was the first personal encounter that I had with God.
At age 22, I experienced another miracle.
During my second year of studying for a degree in biomedical science, I was rushed to hospital for a severe pain on my left side. Doctors found a major cyst in my ovary, and I needed immediate surgery.
I was hospitalised for a week and given medical leave for two months. Unfortunately, I had to sit for two important exams in two months’ time, and had to miss all my lectures.
My classmates advised me to defer the exams as they felt I wouldn’t be able to pass. But I spoke to God and said: “Jesus, please take care of my studies. I will do all the best I can, but give me the best result I deserve.”
I ended up scoring distinction for both of those modules!
In my final year, I also couldn’t complete the last exam for a major module due to a severe migraine. I scored 48% – the lowest grade I had gotten during my university days.
I knew it would have a significant impact on the classification of my honours, but I prayed about my results.
Guess what? I scored first class honours. And I was even interviewed for an article in the papers.
I believe these were all possible by the grace of God.
However, the year after graduating, my love life suffered a big blow.
The relationship I had been in for 12 years ended because my boyfriend couldn’t accept my faith. We had even gotten a BTO flat and had planned to get married the following year.
I cried so much as I felt cheated, but I clung to God to move on. I believed that there could be new life in Christ.
I also made the decision to get baptised and gave my life to Jesus.
Over time, I learnt to forgive my ex-boyfriend and experienced healing from the hurt with help from my Christian community.
Two years ago, I was shocked when I found out that my boyfriend had been charged for sexual offences.
I also cried because I couldn’t imagine what would have happened if I had married him.
I thanked God for saving my life once again.
My faith journey hasn’t been easy. There have been many times when I’ve had to choose between God and other things.
Through Him, I have this joy, peace and love that I’ve never experienced all my life.
I had always been a happy person. But I realised that joy is something different.
Previously, I also felt that I needed to change myself to receive peace. But I learnt that, in Jesus, I can have peace even in the midst of storms or challenges in life.
As for love, I realised that God’s love is so pure, unconditional and deep, I don’t need to struggle to get it. His love gives me purpose to live and keeps me going.
Whenever I feel lost, I go back to the memory of the fall I had when I was 5 years old.
I remember that God chose to save me even when I didn’t know who He was.
God saved my life even when I didn’t even know Him, and I will give my life to Him because He holds my future.
From education to medical emergencies, God has saved Elaiyarani in many other unexpected situations. She has compiled all of these stories into her book, A Daughter Saved By The King. You may pre-order it here.
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