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1. Delivered from Death

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Delivered from Death

Delivered from Death is the first part in a series of hubs in which I will be discussing my life of rebellion, dabbling in the Occult, drugs, crime, prison and life-changing conversion through Jesus Christ. In this hub, I will discuss the many times that I have survived near death experiences, and how I believe that God was watching over me because He had better plans for my life.

Toxic Lemonade

Many times throughout my life, I have literally been delivered from death. Once, I downed some paint thinner. A day earlier, I drank some lemonade from a container that was identical to the container the paint thinner was in; so I thought the paint thinner was lemonade. What saved me was throwing up immediately afterwards. My parents also rushed me to the hospital, where the doctor told them to give me plenty of sweetened water to drink. Had I not thrown up immediately after drinking the paint thinner, it would have burned my guts.

Killer Bees

Another time, I got stung by a bee. Usually this is not a problem, unless you are highly allergic to bees like I was. And this is how I discovered my allergy. My whole face swelled up like a cube! I was rushed to the hospital. The doctor gave me calcium, which counteracted my allergic reaction to the bee sting. I was told that such an allergic reaction could be fatal. Fortunately, with age, my allergy to bees has decreased. This also occurred when I was living with my family in Poland.

Deadly Fun

I had another brush with death when I got onto a tractor on my father’s farm and got it to start rolling downhill, straight towards a well! I released the brakes when I was playing on it. Then I somehow released the clutch, and the tractor started rolling downhill towards the well. I started screaming at the top of my lungs. My grandfather and father heard me and came running to my aid. One of them jumped onto the tractor and hit the brakes—about four feet away from the well.

The past three events happened on my father’s farm in Różaniec, Poland, before I turned four years old; before our family had to flee from Poland to America because of Communist persecution. We ended up relocating to California.

Watery Grave

When I was four years old, my family and I lived in in Pittsburg, CA, on School street. My older sister and I walked into an apartment complex with a built-in pool. We saw some people having fun in the pool, so we decided to join them and jumped right in . I don’t even think we took any clothes off. What made this so dangerous is that I did not know how to swim! I jumped right into the deep end of the pool, which was probably around nine feet deep, with my sister.

I remember struggling to get my head above the water, pulling on my sister to bring my head up as I gasped for air. My next memory was waking up on the side of the pool with someone performing CPR on me. I bent upwards and spewed water out of my lungs, all down my chest and stomach. Then I got up and serenely walked off, not knowing how close I came to death.

Drive-by

When I was 22 years old, someone pulled a drive-by shooting on me! I was stopped at a red light. A car from across the street, about 25 feet away, travelling in the opposite direction, slowed down and fired three shots at me. It startled me. I ducked down under my steering wheel. After I reached my destination, I parked my car and assessed the damage; but oddly enough there were no bullet holes anywhere.

Police Oversight

When I was 23 years old, I was arrested by the DEA for drug trafficking. During the arrest, I was in the back seat of a 2002 model Ford Mustang when a number of DEA agents, which had surrounded the car with their guns drawn, demanded that I get out with my hands up. I was carrying a loaded .380 Colt semi-automatic handgun, and I did not want them to discover it; so while being ordered to get out of the Mustang, as overtly as I could, I quickly slipped the handgun from the left side of my waist band to under the passenger seat of the car. After the DEA agents discovered the handgun, one of them said, “How did you get that gun under the seat without us seeing you? We had our sights on you the whole time, and if we would have seen that gun we would have shot you.”

Near-Death Experience

I came near to death many times in my life; from drinking poison, almost rolling a tractor in to a well, being highly allergic to bees, almost drowning, and being shot at. These events have led me to conclude that God was watching over me and protecting me, even though I did not realize it until later—until after I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I would like to think that He had a purpose for me, and that is why He delivered me from death so many times.

In my next hub, I write about some of the experiences I had while growing up as a kid on West 7th Street in Antioch, CA. Experiences revolving around drugs and violence, which influenced the kind of person I was to become. Click the link below to read it.

2. West 7th Street

Comments

Abhaque Supanjang from Kumango - Batusangkar - Sumatera Barat - Indonesia on December 05, 2016:

Nice Hub, X-Con...! Every human has been predestined in all matters by the Almighty far before they are born into this world (this is Islamic Belief); No matter it is their age, their destiny, their spouse, their children, their good luck, their bad luck, how they were born and how they will die. In your cases, for example, if Allah has predestined you will die in your 77; no matter how all creatures in this universe try to kill you, you won't get killed. But, when your time is come, you will die, even though it is only because of a toothpick....!

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on November 08, 2014:

courtland. Amen! Thank you for sharing that.

courtland on November 04, 2014:

God spared my life a couple of times. I'm grateful he did. I needed to stay alive and take care of my mother. It was a time I almost drowned but something pulled me up. I thought I wasn't gonna make it. I thank the lord.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on October 01, 2014:

Joe Harazim: E-mail me: californiabay2013@hotmail.com.

joe harazim on September 27, 2014:

what u are doing is so very importend!thank u.i have an idea for a vidio clip

how can i get into contact with u?

Middleofnowhere94 on December 20, 2013:

I love reading your hub! Its so very interesting. I came close to dying three times. When I was four I was in the hospital for two weeks with Epstien Barr/Acute staph and something else(the chief of staff of the children's hospital worked my case it was so bad.) Another time when I was 8 I got lost in the middle of a swamp in the middle of winter when it was below freezing. The last time I was 17 and overdosed (I have chronic pain, and started using opiate pills to help with the pain which eventually led me to IV heroin. I am now clean though!) Your stories are fascinating/entertaining to read, and an inspiration.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on November 22, 2013:

Christine - Amen. And thank you for your comment. God bless you!

christine on November 21, 2013:

its amaizing how God works in us and how he use people to see them selfs in others story,,God is truly amaizing,,thank you

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on November 13, 2013:

ladydeonne - Sorry for taking so long to reply to your post. Book deals are not easy to come by. Believe me, I tried. It's easier to just post online. Thanks for commenting and God bless you!

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on November 13, 2013:

raymond ramos & sidney - Thanks for your comments. They are appreciated!

raymond ramos on November 12, 2013:

GOD HAS SAVED YOU.BEUTIFULL TESTIMONY.GOD HAS MORE BLESSINGS FOR YOU.WOW.IVE BEEN NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE MY SELF.WATERY GRAVE ALSO.DRUGS OVERDOSE.KIDNAP TO BE BURN ALIVE AND SHOT.25 years in drugs.now I serve THE LORD.I SEE U SOON IN THE GLORY.IF U HAD NOT DIE YET ITS BECAUSE GODS LOVE IS AMAZING HE IS MERCIFUL.MY FAITH IS THAT IL MEET HIM IN THE CLOUDS SOON.TRANSFORM IN AN BLINK OF AN EYE.AND MY FAITH IS THAT HE WILL COME AND US THE SAINTS RIGHT BEHIND HIM WITH HIS ANGELS.GOD BLESS YOU.REMEMBER JESUS LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ME AND YOU AND ALL THE HUMANITY.SEE YOU SOON.RAY.LOVE YOU BROTHER

sidney on September 03, 2013:

ok you might be blessed for been saved for everything and the whole clear picture that you state above, but lets be truthful, you seemed to have a peculiar taste for chasing troubles! not that I dont believe in God saving you, not that I dont believe in God, but you and only you are responsible for what you look for, and for what you find as consequence - maybe God isnt responsible if you put your hands in the fire they'll burn [ok cliché instances but still a good illustration]

Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on April 07, 2013:

Your near death experiences all happened for a reason. You now seem to have an appreciation for your life and are exemplifying that they were life changing by the life you live today. I know that I will learn much from reading your post. Thanks for sharing with us how you found God and how you changed your life. I plan to read your entire story as time permits. I'm wondering why you have not been able to get a book deal.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on March 16, 2013:

MarieAlana1 - Thank you for the encouraging comment!

Marie Alana from Ohio on March 16, 2013:

God has a plan for your life and he keeps you alive for a reason. If dieing in one of those instances was the plan, you would have died. There is a much bigger plan than that, though. God Bless You!

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on March 07, 2013:

Rayne123 - You may be right. God bless you; and thanks for commenting!

Rayne123 on March 05, 2013:

Very interesting and inspiring story, on my way to read the rest of your life story.

I feel that not only was God saving you for what he has in mind for you now, but trying to warn you that your free will was on the wrong path.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on February 26, 2013:

Sheryl Stinchcum - Looks like your husband had an intercounter with his guardian angel. Thanks for sharing!

Sheryl Stinchcum on February 26, 2013:

Thank you for sharing your story. God definitely spared your life because he has a purpose for you. One of those purposes, of course, is to share your story with others. I love your writing style, by the way.

I am not aware of instances when God spared my life (except for emergency surgery), but I can share how God spared my husband's life. When he was in college, he got drunk and drove onto the Interstate. He was in the northbound lane going south or vice versus ( I don't recall the direction but you get the point). He had no idea that he was in the wrong lane. Suddenly, he saw a person signaling him to turn his car around. (Why was someone standing by the Interstate at 2 am?) My husband immediately turned his car around. Soon after that, I truck came hurling by. Had my husband not turned the car around in time, he would likely have struck the truck head on. When my husband looked for the "man" to thank him for saving his life, the figure had disappeared. To this day, my husband believes that the figure was an angel in disguise.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on February 25, 2013:

Vickiw - Likewise, my sister. God bless!

Vickiw on February 25, 2013:

Thanks for your kind words to me. I am touched that you would want to follow my Hubs, as we have led very different lives. Hopefully we can learn from each other. I find your writing very good - just shows you must be a person of strong character. If only all children could have an equal chance in life, the world would be a much happier place. I look forward to reading more of your Hubs.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on February 04, 2013:

LoisRyan13903 - Tell me about it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Lois Ryan from Upstate NY originally from Long Island on February 04, 2013:

That's amazing with so many close calls

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on January 26, 2013:

Eunice Stuhlhofer - My pleasure. God bless you; and thanks for commenting!

Eunice Stuhlhofer on January 26, 2013:

Thanks for sharing and showing how powerful and merciful God is. Thanks for the follow too. Blessings

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on January 21, 2013:

DeborahNeyens - Everyone keeps telling me that. I actually tried doing that; but it is a complicated process. So I'm just writing a bunch of hubs on it. God bless!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 20, 2013:

I think you should turn your story into a book. I've only read this one chapter, but I can't wait to read more! I'm glad you are here to share it.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on January 19, 2013:

Jynzly - I can be, I guess. But it provides me with some anonymity. ;)

Jenny Pugh from Marion, Indiana, USA on January 19, 2013:

Very interesting. I can see now why your user name is Xcon..a bit scary name, isn't it?

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on January 19, 2013:

Deborah Brooks - Thank God you didn't drown. God bless you, sister; and thank you for your comment.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 18, 2013:

when I was a little girl I jumped in the deep end of the pool I did not know how to swim.. I sunk to the bottom of the pool

Your description of almost drowning was so similar.

great hub

I will share it

God is so good to keep you alive.. He has a purpose for you.. You have a wonderful testimony

Debbie

anna on January 05, 2013:

Add Your Comment.moje życie też było na krawędzi wiem że gdyby nie plan wobec mnie ,NASZEGO ZBAWICIELA,nie było by mnie dziś wśród żywych. To BÓG dał mi ponowne życie,i choć czasem dalej jestem nieudolna,ON JEDEN MNIE KOCHA I TYLKO JEMU NA MNIE ZALEŻY...

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on January 04, 2013:

pearlmacb - Thank you for your comment.

Pearlmacb from Switzerland on January 04, 2013:

Interesting hub...yeap that`s sure God`s protection throughout life. Praise God! May your story/testimony bless many.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on January 04, 2013:

Jamie Brock - Thank you for your comment.

Jamie Brock from Texas on January 03, 2013:

Wow-thank you for sharing about your near death experiences. You are like a cat, with nine lives! Just goes to show... God has a plan and he isn't ready to take you home just yet. On to your next hub... again, thank you for sharing this :)

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on January 02, 2013:

teaches12345 - Thank you for your comment!

Dianna Mendez on January 01, 2013:

Wow, you certainly have been protected by God through your lifetime. You must have a purpose and mission important to follow! Thanks for sharing from your personal experience how God has kept you safe.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on December 29, 2012:

OanaBoteanu - Thank you for your comment; and God bless you too!

OanaBoteanu on December 29, 2012:

Thank you for this hub, and for sharing your experience and the love God showed you. God bless you and do continue trusting in the amazing plan He has for you.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on December 16, 2012:

Judah's Daughter - Thank you for your comment. And God bless you, sister!

Judah's Daughter from Roseville, CA on December 16, 2012:

It's obvious, your appointed time for death was not then. I believe the Bible shows us how Satan is out to kill children (for of such is the kingdom of heaven) from the time they're even in their mother's womb. I praise God you have such a powerful testimony and are doing what He's called you to do. I look forward to reading more!!

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on November 30, 2012:

Thank you. God bless you too!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on November 30, 2012:

You could have died so many times, but God had a plan for your life and praise Him that you have discovered this. I'll be looking forward to reading more of these hubs as you witness to how He has influenced your life and turned it around. God bless you.

X-Con (author) from The Free World! on November 28, 2012:

Thank you for your comment, sister. And I sure hope so. ;)

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on November 28, 2012:

Thank you for writing this hub. God is wonderful, and there is a reason that God has kept you on this earth.

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