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What God Taught Me the Day I Almost Died

By: Kristen Clark

It was a hot summer day and I was doing the normal thing a kid would do. Swim! I was having a blast in the large pool with my family unaware of what was about to happen. I decided to take a dive under the large floating tube that my mom was sitting on.

I gracefully swam underneath her and came up on the other side to take a breath…or so I thought.

As I tried to surface for air, I felt my head hit something large instead. I was underneath the tube, not on the other side.

I dove back down to escape the tube, but felt something violently grab my hair and hold me under.

I immediately panicked as I reached for my hair to pull it loose. A large chunk of hair was wrapped around a plastic ring sticking out of the bottom of my mom’s tube. I tried to rip my hair off but it wouldn’t budge. Then I really panicked.

Thrashing violently under water, I tried to hit my mom’s tube to get someone to notice me. Nobody did. My air was almost out. I reached up one more time and pulled my hair will all of my strength.

It ripped loose.

I swam to the top and inhaled the largest breath I have ever taken. My life was spared.

From that moment on I knew God had me alive for a reason.

I could have easily drowned at eleven years old, but I didn’t. My near death experience at the pool that day sticks vividly in my memory. As I’ve grown older I’ve learned something important that I didn’t know back then.

I’m alive for a specific reason. You’re alive for a specific reason. God spared my life that day because it wasn’t my time to go. There was still work to be done.

Did you know that approximately 155,000 people die every day in the world? That’s a lot! But guess what? If you’re reading this right now, you’re not dead yet. And that fact alone means that God still has work for you to do on this earth.

So what are we, as Christian girls, supposed to be doing for God on this earth?

What does He expect from us?

Here are 4 foundational things that God wants you and me to do as Christians:

• To know God’s Word.
• To keep God’s commands.
• To be a witness for Jesus Christ.
• To make disciples of the nations.

Live like you’re going somewhere.

Even though we’re alive and well today, we have no idea what tomorrow holds for us. Because we’re young, it feels like we’re going to live forever. But we’re not. Our life is really short in the grand scheme of things.

We must make the most of it while we can.

“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14).

Thankfully, if you’re a believer in Jesus Christ, you’re going to heaven when you die. Death does not need to be feared.

In heaven, we will each be rewarded for the way we honored and served God with our lives on this earth (1 Corinthians 3:11-14, Matthew 16:27). Once we’re in heaven though, the game is over. No going back.

Now is the time to live your fullest for Christ.

Do you feel like you’re living your Christian life as committed to God as you can? Do you strive to study and know the Bible, to obey God’s commands, to share the gospel of Jesus, and to disciple and teach others?

Statistics have proven that ten out of ten people die, so let’s live all out for God while we can.

  • Have you given much thought to the topic of dying and heaven?
  • Does death make you nervous or scared to think about it?
  • Have you ever had a frightening, almost death, experience like I did?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  • Abby

    I love reading your blogs! My mom found this account and I’ve been exploring it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these, they’re helpful and very interesting to read 🙂

  • Grace

    I am a very active sleeper. I talk, walk, and shout in my sleep and I
    have been forcefully silenced by my family in hotels rooms many times.
    Two years ago in just such an episode I fell 5′ onto my head out of the
    bunkbed in my home. I dislocated all 7 vertebrae in my neck, my skull,
    and severely traumatized my brain and body. The doctor said that the
    force of my fall was worse than if I had been in a 60mph head on
    collision without a seatbelt. He said that it was a miracle I was alive, and even in the
    miraculous chance that I had survived I was lucky that I was not both
    mentally and physically paralyzed. This caused the encouraging
    realization that God was not ready for me to come to Him, that he still
    had a plan and a job for me to fulfill. The days that have followed have
    been a bitter struggle. For six months I suffered with a concussion, I
    couldn’t do anything that might cause me to get a decent knock on the
    head because that would cause me to become a quadriplegic. And to this
    day don’t know for certain that I am not still in danger of this. I
    fight a seemingly never-ending battle with the tension that pulls my
    back and neck out and I am in constant pain of some level. I often get
    discouraged wondering if I will ever get better, or of this is my
    designated thorn from God that He will use to bring Him glory as He did
    with the Apostle Paul. I struggle to trust God with my present and my
    future. For instance: How will I find a job that works with my injuries? If I get married how will I care for my
    children when I can’t carry a baby or do house chores without putting my
    back out? I haven’t been able to play piano for three years because of
    the pain from sitting properly at the instrument. When I think of these
    obstacles I begin to lose hope. But then I remember God’s faithfulness
    and power. Through it all He has never failed me. When we have had no
    money to take me to the doctor he has provided. He has strengthened me
    spiritually and physically. He has shown me my weakness, sins, and
    failures, then He lifts me up on His shoulders to show me His strength,
    love, and perfection. He has shown me His unending capabilities and
    power, yet I still struggle with trusting and surrendering myself
    completely to Him. Thankfully God is faithful. He has promised that he
    will never leave or forsake me, that He has chosen me, and that He will
    finish the good work He started in me. So even when I stop looking to
    Him and start seeing things through only my own power, ability, and
    knowledge; I know that He will draw my eyes back to Him. That He will
    scold my lack of faith, wipe my tears, strengthen my heart, and I will
    have to fear no more. And even if this is my thorn, I know that He will
    help me walk and even run to Him till the end of my days!

  • Kath

    ”Statistics have proven that ten out of ten people die.” Love it!!! Hilarious hahaha. Very inspirational post 🙂

  • Grace

    I have had one or two near death experiences in pools, but the most drastic near death experience happened three years ago. I was sleeping in my room loudly sleep talking and keeping my sister awake in the bunk below me as usual. Then suddenly I tried to sleepwalk out of my bunkbed. I fell about 6′ straight onto my head, I dislocated my skull, all the vertebrae in my neck, and I had a concussion for 6 months. The doctor said that my impact was worse than if I had been in a head-on-collision at 60mph while driving without wearing my seatbelt. I should be dead. And in the small chance that I would live I should have been mentally and physically paralyzed for life. I knew God kept me alive for an unknown reason, but I often forget. For three years I have lived in constant chronic pain, unable to do the simplest tasks such as washing dishes or riding in the car for longer than 45 mins. I was delayed in school because I couldn’t read or cofortably sit up for very long and by a miracle I finished a year after I was supposed to. Work was really hard! How do you find a job where you neither lift nor clean, stand nor sit the entire time, and don’t have to bend. For three years I lived like this, praying that God would free me from pain and not make me bear this burden my whole life; robbing me of a future with children or any homemaking at all. In these years I wandered back and forth from God, but He always drew me back to His loving side. I began to find Him sufficient and began to surrender my future to Him. Then my dad lost his job and we had to move out of state on the last pennies we had to live in family’s basements and spare bedrooms. I was so nervous! How would I find or afford my necessary weekly doctors visits, how would I find a job , how would I survive the painful traveling period? God merely told me to have courage and trust in Him. So I took the shortest flying route to my family’s home and was surprised by no pain. I lived for a week playing with my cousins and not sleeping on my own bed, no pain. I started working with my aunt at a bakery, no pain. I was thrilled!! God had miraculously healed me!!! He had brought me out of my high elevation, high pressure, mountain home into the warm balmy south. He used a sudden uncomfortable change to heal me!!! I still struggle with some pain sometimes, and I still have to eat a special diet to keep my body healing properly, but I now do hard physical labor all the time! I have been able to return to what I am learning is my calling, music. I am blessed!! I am still learning though. I struggle to live with purpose and focus on Christ, but one of the many lessons I learned during my painful three years (that I now surprisingly wouldn’t change because of all God taught me)

    • Grace

      ……is that God works at His own speed, in His own time, and that as I learn to lean on and live for Him, He will teach me so much more than I expect! Praise Him!!

      • Savannah

        What an amazing story, Grace! So thankful for the healing God has brought you! Thank you for sharing.

  • This was so good! Death scared me when I was younger and unsure of my salvation, but it no longer does. I had an experience similar to yours where I nearly drowned, but I was three and I don’t remember it at all. Other than that I don’t think I’ve really had a near death experience.

  • Briana Soto

    So when I was maybe about 7 or 8 I had a birthday party at this huge Waterpark and at that Waterpark they have a wave pool and the waves get pretty intense so I couldn’t swum as well as I hoped and I was pulled into the deeper end of the pool and it was about 6 ft deep and at 7 or 8 I was probably about 4ft tall and when the waves come on everyone rushes to the pool with ginormous floating tubes and soon I dragged underneath the water. As I tried to fight my way up to the top I kept on being pushed under. I slowly started losing air and I remember hitting the bottom of the pool and looking up and I remember I thought to myself where are the life guards and I got angry since they didn’t help me and so I pushed off one more time and my sister saw my finally and she helped me up and out of the water. That was the most scariest time in my life.

  • Hannah Neale

    When I was about 10 years old, my brother and I were putting the cover on our above ground pool. We had it about half-way on and I told him to stop clipping the cover down. There was space on both sides and I thought it would be fun to swim under the cover to the other side one last time before we closed the pool for the night. I got in and swam under but when I cam up on the other side my head hit the plastic cover and I couldn’t find any way out. After what seemed like a forever of thrashing around and trying to come up for air, I gathered enough of my wits to swim back to the other side and try getting out where I had gone in. Just in time, I reached the first side and came up for air. I launched myself out of the pool, quite shaken. My brother, still at work clipping the cover down, was completely oblivious to my near drowning. After that I hated pool covers and the thought of the experience would make me sick. Over the years, I do remember looking back on this instance and others and realizing that God had protected me. God saved me from drowning in that pool and saved me from many other near death episodes, so He must have plans for me. He must have something on this earth laid out for me to do. My time on earth wasn’t over when I almost drowned, God still had a purpose for me.
    Thank you for sharing your story Kristen. I love the 4 specific points you shared. • To know God’s Word.
    • To keep God’s commands.
    • To be a witness for Jesus Christ.
    • To make disciples of the nations.

  • Now that I think of it, I’ve had many near death experiences. But one that is very vivid in my mind is one that happened when I was about 11 years old. I was crossing the street and a large semi truck slowed down in front of me. I started walking across and I noticed him waving at me. I thought it was strange because I thought he was saying hello to me. I proceeded to walk and just then a car zoomed past me full speed. The car hadn’t seen me walking because he couldn’t see on the other side of the semi. Turns out, the semi truck driver was trying to warn me, telling me to stop walking. I know if I had taken just one more step forward, I would’ve been run over and heavily injured or killed. I remember running across the street shaking and crying because I was so scared. It is by God’s marvelous grace that He has kept me all these years! I know for a fact that He has a special and unique purpose for each of our lives!

  • Haley B

    Two years ago two of my sister, mom, grandma and I were t-boned by a semi. By all accounts one of my sisters and/or I should be dead or severely injured. However God intervened. Every single detail was so meticulously planned out from the bulk of the car we were in to absorb the impact, that we were taken to the hospital my aunt worked at so she was able to come back to the tests with us, to the fact another aunt and uncle were on their way south already and were able to get to the hospital before my dad did (we were two hours away from home and I totally thought I was hallucinating when my aunt and uncle walked in). The car was totaled and the semi out for the count, but all of us walked out of the hospital that night with just some scratches, a couple concussions and one hairline fracture.
    While it’s not an experience I’d like to repeat, it was such a healing experience bc though I’m not afraid of death, I struggled with the fear of dying. None of us were aware the impact was coming (which probably also helped the impact pass through us) but in that moment I remember thinking “Ok Lord. If it’s time, I’m ok with it.” (The panic set in after I realized I was ok and my attention turned to the rest of my family) I was at the moment of impact reading Voice of the Martyrs, and though I wasn’t being persecuted for my faith, I knew God was with me. His grace is sufficient in every circumstance and when it is our time to come to our eternal home.

  • Sara Johns

    I’ve had many near death experiences in my short twenty-one years; an illness, a tumor, and a near drowning are just a few. It has made me realize how precious life is and how easily it can be taken away. But I have to admit I’ve never thought of it in the way that you explained it. God does have a purpose for us being alive and if we draw close to our creator we can find that purpose.

  • Sarah A.

    The scariest experience I ever had was when I was somewhere around 9 or 10. My family had just gotten back from a long road trip and we were visiting a friend from church in the hospital. We were praying and apparently I started swaying back and forth and then I fell backwards and hit the back of my head on the corner of the metal wheel cover on an IV pole. I didn’t even know what happened because I blacked out, so one minute I was standing there and the next thing I knew I was laying on the floor, my head was hurting, there were nurses coming in and out of the room, and my dad was on his hands and knees next to me praying for me. So then they took me to another room and told me I couldn’t close my eyes because I couldn’t go to sleep and I needed to sip some water and I was really scared. Then I had to have a CAT scan and it turned out a hair-line fracture to my skull. Apparently I hadn’t drank enough water on our road-trip and so I was dehydrated and that caused me to pass out and fall on the IV pole. So it wasn’t near-death, but it was really scary for me being 9 or 10 and not knowing what was going on and wondering whether or not I was going to be okay.

  • Clarissa

    Being a witness for Christ is such an important point. We need to be evangelizing to every person possible that we meet at the store, on the street, or elsewhere. Who knows when somebody may die suddenly, and we don’t want to be guilty of their blood because we didn’t share the Gospel with them. We as the church need to be actively winning souls for Christ.

  • Heather Hemsley

    1. I have given a lot of thought to heaven and how it would be, but not death. I like to imagine heaven instead because that’s were I am going when I die!
    2. When I do think about death, I don’t really get scared of it. When I die, God wants me to die, and when I die, I go to heaven! How awesome is that!
    3. I’ve never had a near death experience, but my twin sister Hope has. Our family was spending the night somewhere in a hotel, and we went to bed. But then Hope started sleepwalking, and she got up from her bed and headed toward the sliding door leading to the balcony. She tried to open the doors in her sleep, but THANK GOD they were locked!! If the sliding door had been unlocked, Hope would have fallen to her death! Of course, no body was awaken when this happened, but my dad woke up to the sound of her banging on the slider. I am so thankful that my precious twin sister is still alive today!!

  • Erin Opie

    I’m so happy to read this post today. It is so timely as I was just thinking about my near death experience and praying to learn something from it. I’ve had a near drowning experience, but the closest I’ve been was in the hospital after a routine surgery that I had a reaction to. I kept bleeding and bleeding until my chest filled up and I could no longer breathe. I called out for help multiple times, but the nurse kept saying, “you’re ok” each time. Finally, the head nurse came in and immediately ordered everyone to unhook me. The men helping said they were going to try to get a tube down my throat, but if they couldn’t, I would have to have an emergency tracheotomy. Fortunately, they were able to get the tube in, and the last thing I remember was the nurse saying, “it’s going to be a bumpy ride,” and then I was out. That is when I had my near death experience that is something I will never forget <3. I am so thankful to those nurses and to everyone that prayed and for my life today. One of the things that I heard during my NDE was, "it's not your time," and Jesus' grace and love was abounding so much that I can't even describe. I want to feel that again. I love hearing about other people's NDE's- it is humbling and comforting to know that I'm not alone. To me these are just reminders that God does have a plan for each of us, and there's a reason we're here right now… and it's all about Jesus. I never want to forget that!

  • Caity

    I choked once, and it was terrifying.
    I know now that I need to study God’s Word with intent and not just lazily. THanks for sharing this, it was convicting and inspiring.

  • Kate

    That got me thinking, Thank you! I was on a four wheeler with a friend and I just about fell out because he hit a big bump, and my other friend that was in the back with me, grabbed my arm and pulled me back on the four wheeler. it was a close call and scary. I’m thankful my friend grabbed me. God was watching over us that day, praise God!!

  • Christian Country Girl

    Wow…that hit me pretty hard. Yeah, I sometimes think about dying and the fact that I don’t think I’m ready. The truth is, I want to live for God, but I keep holding stuff back. Almost like I don’t know how to fully trust Him with my life. Keep up these articles! They really do make a difference and have touched me personally. Thank y’all so much!

  • Christian Country Girl

    Um…is there someone that can kinda explain to me what masturbation is? I hear ppl talk abt it and have seen comments on hear abt it, but I’m not rlly sure what it is. So if y’all could explain, that’d be great. I think I might or at least used to be caught up in it, but since I don’t rlly know what masturbating is, I rlly don’t know. Thank u!

    • Hey @christiancountrygirl:disqus If you send me an email at the main Girl Defined contact, I can give you some advice 🙂 Blessings – Bethany

      • Christian Country Girl

        Thank you!

      • Christian Country Girl

        @girldefined, I wanted to let you know that I sent you an email. 🙂

  • Rachel

    I was in a car accident not too long ago. It wasn’t serious, and nobody was hurt, but it could’ve been serious. It was after that, that I realized I was ready to go, but that while I was on this earth, I had to live for Christ’s glory.

  • Val

    Thank you for the post! I have an experience that I would like to share for God’s glory.
    I was driving home one night after a youth service, and was about a minute away from home. I remember going over a speed bump as I heard a thought come to me, “when you get to the stop sign by your house, stop for a while longer than usual, don’t go right away”. I knew that this was not one of my own thoughts, because it was so different, but I didn’t think much of it at the time. When I got to the stop sign, I waited a few seconds behind the line, instead of pulling up closer after stopping so I could turn right. The next thing I remember was a car flying by me at the intersection, running the stop sign in the process. It was then that I realized how merciful God had been, warning me and keeping from danger! If I had pulled up closer, the car would’ve without a doubt hit my side of the vehicle. Considering the speed that they were going, who knows if I would’ve survived? Even to this day I am amazed at the Lord’s protection and love towards me!
    Psalm 91:2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

  • Lauren

    Thanks for this post, I can relate to something like this recently. There were a lot of tornadoes across the country for the past few weeks. In my town, we had a tornado warning. My sister came into my room rushing to wake me up and told me there was a tornado rotation near our town and that it could eventually touch down. Panicked, I scrambled for my blanket, glasses and phone (our TV service wasn’t working so we needed a way to look up the weather.) As I was scrambling, I saw on my phone I got an alert that there was a tornado in the area. The tornado sirens were going off and that’s when I started to get really scared. My family and I made it down to the basement. As I started waking up more, I was able to think. While down in the basement, I wasn’t even able to heart the tornado sirens going off. If there was a tornado that did touch down, there could’ve been a huge chance of my family and I getting injured or could’ve died. I realized how lucky I was that a tornado didn’t touch down in my town and wreck it apart. I then realized how quickly and easy my life could’ve been over. I realized I need to live each day for Christ because you never know when the Lord can call you home. There’s no need to delay your love for Jesus, live for Him now! 🙂

  • Megan Wilson

    This is exactly what I was looking for this morning. Something about witnessing to others. Thank you!!!


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