Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hebrews 11:1 - My Story

Some of you have asked about the story behind the Scripture that is on our webpage—Hebrews 11:1. As a young child, I memorized plenty of Scripture, and Hebrews 11 was one of the passages that I learned and hadn't thought about in many years. Fast-forward about 30 years to when I was in a very bad accident and had to have many surgeries. One of them was an emergency neurosurgery at UCLA, and while they were waiting for the anesthesiology team to arrive, I was a nervous wreck lying on the operating table. I was a long way from home, and oh, so tired of surgeries and pain.

I tried to focus on praying for peace to calm down—no easy task in the midst of a huge, cold, computerized operating room full of people rushing around in protective scrub gear from head to toe. In the middle of my panic, the entire passage of Hebrews 11 came wafting through my mind like a fresh wind. It was jarring at first and so unexpected. As I quietly recited the entire passage, a feeling of total peace washed over me. By the time I got to the end of the passage, the anesthesiologist and his team had arrived, and everyone was calm and ready to begin. It was after this surgery that the surgeon told me that I only had a 50/50 chance of regaining the use of my right hand, “with a little luck." I smiled and told him that I didn't do luck, that I had faith in my heavenly Father and that was all that was required. No matter what the outcome turned out to be, my faith in Him was complete.

Now, 11 years later, I am still keyboarding with both hands, and very thankful for all that I am able to do with my right hand. It doesn’t work as well as it used to, but it works well enough to be able to write, hug my family and friends, and even cook a pretty mean dish of lasagna!

In our trials, we are given just what we need, exactly when we need it, and it all begins with faith. If we do nothing more than build and encourage the faith of you and your children, then my team and I have succeeded, and that is my prayer.

 "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

(Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

Amanda B.


  1. I was just telling my husband the other day that I wish I could fast forward into the future to see what my children do with the scripture they are hiding in their hearts right now. Thank you for sharing this. It gives me hope on the days when nothing seems to go the way that it should. It gives me hope that this is not all for naught and that one day, inevitably, my children will face something seemingly insurmountable and the Holy Spirit will bring Scripture to their remembrance. Thank you.

  2. You are most welcome, Jessica. Thanks for sharing!


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