Life After Death


Here is one of my closest near death experiences that I’ve ever had. I’ve had many, but this one had me in the hospital for 9 days of intense care, and many pints of blood later. Makes you think about life after death, doesn’t it?

The story begins with an argument with my boss, as we normally meet in a grocery store parking lot so I wouldn’t have to take my bike through rush hour traffic in the morning, and if you know anything about Georgia the drivers in this state can’t drive. Also, this time of year in October the mornings are bitter cold when you are flying down the road on a motorcycle. Between those too facts about it being unsafe and cold outside, I didn’t want to ride further then I had to on my bike but I neglected to argue as he was more persistent than I wanted to be 5am in the morning.

Motorcycle Accident That Nearly Killed Me!

I make it down 400 which is a wide open express way for me then exit off on hwy-20, but this highway is nearly stop and go at some points. It opens up a little and now the traffic is flowing about 50mph then the car in front of me turns into the right turning lane, I continue straight… I watch a guy at the street light hesitate as if he were to make his left hand turn in front of me but didn’t move. After I had thought he didn’t go cause he didn’t see me I proceeded to continue my speed at around 45-50mph then as soon as I’m about to pass him, he darted in front of me as if waiting for the guy in the turning lane to finish his turn. Completely stuck in this brief moment of time…

I had 3 options: one, I could lean hard to the left and try to go around him but heading towards oncoming traffic, two I could lean a fast right and somehow squeeze inbetween these 2 cars and not hit anything, or finally three I could hit the guy who’s fault it was that I died! Of course I thought I was going to die, who survives a crash going at that speed then hitting a stopped metal object with no protection other than a jacket and a helmet?

Needless to say, I had a split second to decide and knowing I was going down in that split second I slammed on my brakes and went for the guy who caused this accident. That way the blood would be on his hands and not somebody who was completely innocent of this. The next thing I remember is that I’m laying in the middle of the street with my leg wrapped like a pretzel next to my shoulder some how or another. It was very serious but I was pumped full of adrenaline and could only think about not making it to work for a while cause I just broke my leg. It didn’t bother me so much that is was broke in a few places, suppose it really never dawned on me.

Near Death Experience

The moment after, a women came running to me and kneeled down, then grabbed my hand. She said, “squeeze my hand I know it hurts”. Well, I never really did squeeze her hand. Only enough to let her know that I heard her cause I didn’t want to break her hand haha. At this point I start calling out to Jesus.. I said “Jesus, Jesus”. Though I didn’t say it loud enough so the women in her mid-twenties asked me what I said and probably wasn’t deaf so I yelled “JESUS”…

Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved – Joel 2:32

Going to fast forward here for a brief second, but I promise to come back. In the hospital I received a letter from this young women. It said that because of my faithfulness to Jesus in calling out for Him, that it brought her to realize that she needed to get right with God. At that very moment I called for Jesus, she started praying. Then later I was told she was trying to let me fall asleep but… the next person on the scene was a nurse, and this nurse forbid that from happening.

Within a few minutes, I heard my phone ringing. It was my dad or aka boss, yes it was my dad I was arguing with about driving through this traffic. Bless his heart as I’m sure he was trying to hold onto this blame for me getting in an accident. I had the phone over to the women holding my hand and then soon after my dad shows up. Shows up to see his son, lying on the asphalt with a mutilated leg. Gives me this look like I’m going to die, (even as I write this I tear up cause its burned in my skull). Once I saw his face, reality somehow meet my adrenaline and I began to tear up at this point. Now I wonder as well if I’m going to live, cause of the dreadful look.

Life After Death Is A Serious Question

Moments later, I hear the sweet, sweet sound of an ambulance. I had no idea that the siren would be such a beautiful sounding orchestra to my ears, but it was… I then woke up in the hospital, and for a brief moment, a really brief moment I thought it was a terrible dream. I was quickly mistaken when I felt the pain and saw all the metal bars sticking out of my leg. I had felt my worst nightmare come true, that I’d never be able to walk again or do any more of my extreme sports and live the normal life as Justin. At this point when I woke up they had four doctors put my leg back together so I wouldn’t bleed to death. Then I get another surgery a couple days later. Found out later from my family that they were talking about chopping my leg off but didn’t have to.

For these nine days in intense care I was on dilaudid pump(some drug 5xtimes stronger than morphine). But when they took me off the drug, they also had a nurse shift change. Problem being is that I didn’t see a nurse for the next 4hrs and was already 3hrs over due on my pain pills. My leg was rebuilt, with a rod, plate, screws and a bone graph (somebody else’s bone) as I had shattered my femur in over 25 places(they stopped counting). Needless to say this tough boy is screaming bloody murder for quiet some time! Finally a nurse comes in.. She opens her mouth but English doesn’t come out, I try to send for medication then what seems like an eternity, she finally comes back. The nurse pulls out this big needle and in her broken English asks me to some how roll over so I can have this “One Time” dose injected in my rear, I declined as something told me that drug was not for me!

I started praying and I called my pastor, and 2 friends to also pray as this paid was indescribable. At around midnight the pastor and friends arrive and before they walk into my room I feel a sweeping presence of peace. I’m finally able to withstand the pain. We all prayed, and I knew the Lord had relieved me of this pain and that he much desired to take the pain away.

Fast forward a about one month… I realize I’m about to claim bankruptcy cause we both had minimum coverage which only covers $25,000 of all my bills. The hospital bill is $115,000 + doctor’s $30,000, of course a 19 yr/old can’t pay this, so once again I pray. Well one week before Christmas I get this letter in the mail. My grandma who was taking care of me came into the room crying. She said ” oh honey”.. then proceeded to read the letter. It said “You owe us $0.00 dollars”, the hospital wiped their bill, 115 thousand dollars paid for in full! I do not know who, but I know how it was paid. It was because of prayer that I was set free from this. It was because of my Jesus!

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. – Isaiah 44:3

Well fast forward again… Another few months later I had sever pain in my knee. It would lock up in a bent position and I couldn’t move it down. Regardless that I couldn’t walk and had to use a walker to get anywhere, but now I had server pain in my knee. Well, I went to the doctor and he said it was cartilage that it would work itself out but it never did. It got worse in fact and it felt like a knife was in my knee cap and I don’t wish that pain on anybody! Sometimes I could get my knee to move down other times I couldn’t and would have to prop my knee up in bed and just lay there for hours on end, sometimes for a couple days. Though its not like it mattered, as I was bed ridden for 6 months. No bath, very few visits, not much of anything to look forward to. Those were really dark times in my life but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.

Well two weeks of this pain in my knee, I finally went to another doctor and he said it was bone against bone. Of course with something like that you have to get surgery so the next day I got scope surgery where they drill on your knee cap, but while under anesthesia or completely knocked out, the doctor forced all his weight on my leg to see how far I could bend it. Then after the surgery, he said to me “I’m sorry Justin, but you will never walk up stairs”. I’m hard headed and already know the God I serve can do whatever He pleases so I ignore him and hobble away on my walker to return one month later for a check up.

For one month, I continue to pray and pray. I wasn’t about to let that doctor’s words get the best of me. I continue to do my physical therapy like I had been, but also I was praying while in my sessions and throughout the days and nights over my knee. The doctor visit was due and I showed up ready to hear something better than before. I acted on faith, before the results were in I believed. He measured my knee again after taking some ex-rays and noticed I had gained 25-35 degrees in my bending ability which was keeping me from ever being able to walk up stairs. He looked at me and said “That is impossible! What are you doing? Praying?”. I laughed, knowing that my God just did the impossible once again and responded with “Yes, that’s exactly what I’m doing”.

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” – Luke 18:27

Then a few months later, I had to pay the remainder of my bills. Well God bless my grandma cause she was an accountant! The doctor sent a bill saying they’d half one of the bills if we put it on their payment plan. Well grandma took advantage of that and went down to their office. While she was down there I remember praying and I’m sure she did as well. Wisdom was freely given that day to her and she asked if they’d apply that 50% off on both of the bills. The combined costs of both of the bills were around $25,000 or so. Then they agreed to give her that deal. Well, grandma then asked what interests rates were on the payment plan. They told her then grandma asked for that percent to be taken off the total price if she would pay it all in full right then and there! So, guess what happened? Yup, the clerk thought about it, said “it makes sense”, asked the manager and they agreed. Cutting the bill down dramatically another 16% I believe.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. – James 1:5

Well not long after all this, I get a message from somebody. Though I don’t remember who as I was still on a lot of pain meds at this point, but the message I got was that my lawyer didn’t want any of the money! Another miracle in itself. If you don’t think so, ask yourself how many lawyers have you heard of ever in their life worked for free?

Things are starting to look up for me, though I’m still on my walker 6 months later I now realize I won’t be broke as I paid of my grandma and all my bills then put money $10,000 in the bank to start my life over again. Yes I’d have to get a career change because working in construction would require me to crawl around on my knees a lot but I will play the hand that has been dealt.

Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. – Psalm 112:3

I was able to move around a little better on my walker so I began going to this big church in Alpharetta. Still praying hard as I had another issue that needed to be dealt with. I had drop foot, and completely unable to lift my foot up so it would drag the ground without a plastic thing in my shoe holding it up. Needless to say that thing was extremely uncomfortable! Also if anybody has ever had nerve damage it is extremely painful when the nerves start coming back. To touch the top of my foot with anything other than a cotton ball felt like somebody taking a taser with 100volts and shocking me for fun, though it wasn’t fun for me.

During this time I started to pray more for my foot and it started to hurt even more in the upcoming weeks. My nerves were coming back! Even though the doctor, haha yes doctor said I only had a 50% chance that I’d be able to walk without that piece of plastic. Well 50% chance is a lot better than never like he had said before! But in any case after all that I had seen I prayed and God showed up. Within a few months I went from walker to cane then to no AFO brace. The 8th month I was walking without support of tools provided by man. Though my foot had a slight drop in it, I still believed in full recovery and to this day I have no problem.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. – Matthew 21:22

I know this took me 5 years to write this up but I just want to be clear that I no longer have any need to goto the doctor. I very rarely have any problems with my leg, and in fact I have spent 1 year working night shift standing 12hrs a night. Not much of a career change but God is opening many doors for me and that won’t remain much longer. I am the servant of the King of kings and Lord of lords even though there is pain in the world I still love my Lord because He first loved me.

(Update) August 2011, I finally was able to start jogging this month. I trained by running once each week then just the other day I turned on a GPS app called (Run Keeper) and achieved my first mile jog! Though I didn’t stop. I pushed myself and ended at 2 miles in less than 30 minutes. God is still good!

Please comment and let me know if you think God is a good God. We may face many trials and defeats but has prayer helped you get through hard times?

Comments

  1. Joshua Long says:

    Amazing Testimonies! Thank you Justin for taking the time to create this website! I wish I could drop a testimony on here!

  2. zell zoo says:

    Praise the Lord! HE is amazing!

  3. Sheryll says:

    You need to take part in a contest for the most effective blogs on the web. I’ll suggest this site! Your writings are filled with wonderful stories of what God does!

  4. Tracee Gammon says:

    This really answered my downside, thanks!

  5. Jan M Malloy says:

    Hello Justin,
    We do indeed serve the most amazing God. I just finished reading your testimony and thank you for revealing this very telling aspect of your walk with God. I have a son – also a Christian – who became an incomplete quadriplegic several years ago. He continues to believe that God can miraculously heal him and I agree wholeheartedly with him. To you…many blessings upon you and may God continue to use you mightily.

    A Fellow Christian. 4th March, 2012

    • Hey Jan,

      Thank you so much for the encouragement. I’m glad you were able to have increased your faith by reading my story. I’d also like to add that I will be praying for your son. I’ve recently seen many people healed and where the presence of the Lord is there is freedom. I’ll be writing about these stories very soon, so be sure to subscribe to the mailing list. I’m sorry for the delayed response as I’ve been traveling a lot and been quiet busy. Continue believing on the things that are not seen, and know I’m also praying and believing with you.

      God bless Jan M Malloy!

      • Gaston says:

        i have been snowboarding and sainebokrdatg all my life.. i fell on my knees alot and it seems like the bone has a bump on the knee i always fell on.. and now that im 25 after doing thing i love my knee feels kind soar.. and i always think the ligaments didnt heal right.. and its getting better.. but maybe I gotta be happy i can walk pain free I just dont wanna give it all up..

        • Hey Gaston,

          Sometimes those things can take a while to heal. Though continue praying for it as miracles happen often. Have you been praying? Have you gone to a doctor?

          God bless!

          • Joeny says:

            a year ago..i got injured while pilnayg basketball..im not sure what injury was it..something snapped/popped..i didnt walk for couple of weeks then when the pain was gone i went out to play again but everytime i play it pops..and again i cant walk for weeks..now,everytime i bend my knees something just crunches..can you tell me what injury do i have?

          • Hey Joeny,

            I don’t know, maybe a ligament? They can take a very long time to heal and sometimes need surgery. I hope you learned what I was really trying to say by telling my story :) God bless!

  6. sarah jane says:

    Sometimes trials are wake up call from a loving God to let us know that He is their for us.your so lucky just and blessed for you are well loved by God.I am inspired by this story of yours.Indeed God is good all the time,He will never abandon us during the times we needed Him most.Now i know through your story that if we seek God earnestly we must pour out our heart and trust in Him fully to control the situation.Thank you for this testimonies of yours that we can apply to nanay.Thank you and God Bless you always.

    • Sarah Jane,

      Sakto babae! What you say is true. May God continue to speak to you, and encourage you. I’m believing with you that Nanay and your family will be filled with hope and peace. “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.” Pro 29:18 Hold onto this promise and keep the vision that God gives you, and you will be blessed.

      • Noman says:

        I had a dislocated knee and now I have nunebmss or iono how to explain the exotic feelin in my knee but I’ll try doesn’t hurt though its like numb and I get a like pulse on the side of my knee every time I lay down or run. Only dislocated once don’t want to dislocate it again can someone tell how to prevent it from dislocating again happen last december

        • Noman,

          I too deal with problems every now and then in my knee, but each year it gets better and better. I do more exercising now and I know that helps. Maybe doing the same will help you? Also, my biggest help is praying to a living God, Jesus Christ.

          God bless!

  7. Lindria Crawford OHIO says:

    I have been sitting at my computer looking online for help…Called a “sucidehotline” and was told to go to a hospital…. Clearly I am not thinking st8. I left church yest. feeling good hoping for another peaceful, or praying for onr shall I say and this website helped me a great deal…In fact my plan was to have some “medication” for a snack and peacefully drift off to sleep…but the devil is a lair and hes headed back to the pits of hell…I dont feel better mentally bbut well enough to go to sleep.

    Thanks for all that you do!…. Sucide is murder….Murder is sin…thanks Justin!!:)

    Lin

    • Lindria,

      I’m praying for you as I know its not easy. Have you checked out the post, How to die? Also, there is another video that I pray over people and many get healed. You should really check out this prayer video. Keep up the good fight! On your knees praying is how battles are won! God bless Lindria!

  8. Jessa says:

    Thanks for the posted and encouragement.
    Yes God is Good and He is awesome all the time.
    That’s why I live I breath I love to worship him.

  9. Deirdre LaBassiere says:

    What a mighty and awesome God we serve. Thank you for your testimony. It has encouraged me & you are a good and faithful man to hold onto the promises of the Lord.

    • Deirdre LaBassiere,
      I can’t agree with you more! God is so awesome that our words can’t describe Him! I’m blessed that you are blessed, thanks for sharing that with me. God bless :D

  10. Dmitriy says:

    I normally dont like going to church and listening to the bible but whenever I hear about how Jesus died on the cross for us it just makes me feel blessed. I always have doubt in the Lord and life after death but i can trully feel that he is by my side in hard times. Whenever i am afraid or know that i will be caught with something wrong he always stays by me and helps me avoid getting into trouble sometimes. I can almost hear his voice when im at church. its a feeling to hard to describe. Ive noticed no matter how evil you become and what evil things you do, if you ask for Jesus or God,he will always be by your side no matter what.

  11. Odhiambo Ojiwa says:

    Indeed God is so amazing and He makes ways where seems to be no way. Be blessed my brother in Christ and read Jeremiah 29:11.

    • Hey,

      Thanks for the encouragement and yes God is so amazing. I know His plans for me are good as He’s a loving God. I also know the reasons for why I went through many of these sorrowful and painful events. So that God can display His glory through my life. I’m now a missionary and get to watch God do many other powerful things :)

      God bless!

  12. fon hollohan says:

    Hey Justin I’ve been injured very badly. I don’t want to go into it but I have been suffering for over 12 yrs now and have had to use many pain med’s. I would appreciate your prayer’s I believe in the finished work of our lord and I trust Him that I am healed. Just like what His word says. I am waiting for the full manifestation. He is an amazing God.

    • You have faith, and God honors that. It is already done and each day will get easier for you. You will see! Not all healing is instant but I’ve seen many who’s healing came within minutes. My prayers of go out to you and I already know God is working on you, and will finish what he started. Sometimes our bodies have to come in line with reality :D God bless!

  13. Kevin says:

    i read your story of god and it was good. im currently in a situation where i could use help, and i dont know who to turn to as im not the most devoted person and im worried that if i pray because of that my prayer wont be answered. its selfish of me to ask for his help now when ive sinned before. my situations just gotten so bad. basically the fear of what happens after death is currently controlling my life. i just wanted to ask if you think god will hear my prayers

  14. Meghna says:

    Hy justin,i’m nt a cristain,i’m a hindhu,hindhu is a region which existing in some part of india,i ‘ve lotz of cristain friends,through them i come to know about jesus more,i started to believ and pray to jesus,reading this testimonal quiet happend accidently,i really interested to know about the life after death so i was done a serch in google and i got this..,i got the thing that you are really blessed human after finishng this one,i really want to know more and more about jesus,and i love to pray jesus,he answerd to ma prayes so many times with his blessing..,really thank full to you for thiz wonderfull testimonal,and also thank to my friends fo bringing to the blessings of god…and god bless you brother,my prayers are always with you.:-)

    • Meghna,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to reply on here. I’m very glad Jesus has answered your prayers many times! He will continue to do so, even when the world feels like it’s crashing all around you! God is still the God who saves and He never changes! He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever! God bless you Meghna, please continue reading other testimonies as this site is full of them!

  15. zoe says:

    i wonna end ma life,,i havent done anything worth living ma life…there is nothin good happenin around me in life…i am goin to commit sucied very soon…m lot scared for after effects of ma death..and now i dun belive in god much..i prayed a lot but never got what i always prayed for and wanted…i just dont wonna live my life anymore..and miracel do happen but only in movies and reel life..plz suggest me how shud i die plzz….

    • Zoe,

      You said you don’t believe in God much? What if there is a 20% chance, no 10% chance there is a God? You should really seek to find out before you do something that you’ll regret for eternity as the Bible claims there is a heaven and hell. To be with God is to be in heaven, to be away from God is to be in hell. Check out the video where God heals many people, you can watch me pray for others as they get healed. All glory belongs to God! http://justingilpin.com/prayer-for-healing

  16. debbie says:

    Hi Zoe,

    I don’t know if you will get this, but I just now saw your reply at justin gilpin. i know many times life seems so very hard. I know sometimes it seems like it just isn’t fair. And sometimes, it seems like no one would care if you did end your life. But that just isn’t true. You can never know what another day might bring. You can never know just how many people really do care. There is a God….He is always listening. He gives us free will. We make our decisions, and we choose how to our lives. He is eternal, all powerful…always listening.

    • @Zoe Hey, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get to your reply, but Debbie is right. There is always a rainbow after the storm, so keep looking ahead. Fix your eyes on beautiful things of life, as this life is worth living!

      @Debbie Thanks taking the time to drop by and comment. I really appreciate it =D God bless you more Debbie!

    • zain says:

      god allways cares and has a plan for you

  17. zain says:

    is there life after death well i belive so i belive when you die you are asked three questions in your grave what is your relegion who is your god and they will show you a picture of a prophet you have to identify then you are tooken to god he will tell you heven or hell acording to your deeds you will be punshid in your grave until the day of judjement

    • Hey Zain,

      I’m glad you know that there is a heaven and hell. I’ve written about in here: Prayer for salvation. It’s worth reading what the Bible says about heaven and hell correct? I’m not sure where you’ve read about the 3 questions when you die, but I’m curious to know? Praying for you Zain! God bless!

      “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy, He saves us!” Titus 3:5

  18. kestersw says:

    Life has not been kind to me either, but I still pray to God constantly. I was married thirteen years to a woman who refused to let me purchase medication for my diabetes. I have become so ill from this disease, that I have lost most of my eyesight. Two years ago when my eyes were diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, at this point my wife informed me she was cheating on me and wanted a divorce. I then began receiving painful injections and laser in my eyes, yet before blindness I was in an auto accident, where a woman broasided my car, containing my father, my four children, and myself. My father was killed on impact, but was revived, three of my kids were unharmed, and my youngest sons face was removed by a shard of metal, only a flap of skin kept it on his head. I held him and kept my shirt on it to stem bleeding until the ambulance arrived. After several hours in the er with him, my dad, and getting the other kids checked. I collapsed, my right shoulder and left hip were dislocated and fractured, had four broken ribs, and a four inch piece of plastic speared into my abdomen. Through all this I love the Lord, but he still remains unkind. In the months after the accident I lost all of my sight, though he allowed me partial sight in my left eye at present. I suffer horrible bodily pain from diabetic neuropathy, continuous surgeries on my eyes, and horrible custody battles with my ex. I don’t always understand why God treats me this way, but I still love him, and mostly because of pain eagerly await meeting him. I pray for it everyday.

    • Hey Kestresw,

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve had such a hard time. I do understand pain and suffering very much. Thanks for being honest, and sharing your story with me. I know God will move in your life! He is alive and well! We serve a living God for the living, not a dead god for the dead! God heals people many people, and I write about them all the time. Check out the post: Prayer for healing. You still have a purpose and a calling brother; to raise up your children in the way that they should go! Though I’ve prayed the same prayer you have many times, for God to take me; but it’s not yet time.

      There is a lie that the enemy has got you to believe. That is that God is not good to you. That is a lie! Yes, God allows bad things to happen because we live in a sinful world. But He is not the cause of it! Sickness is of the enemy, and God wants to heal you! Firstly, He wants to give you the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, and kindness. God can’t do that unless you put Him as Lord over your thoughts and your heart. Either He is Lord of all or Lord of none. Ask God to heal you and fill you with His Spirit. I promise you that this is His desire. It says so in His word. Praying for you Kestersw. God bless!

  19. Igor says:

    Thank you for the inspiration. There are times I want to give up my life but when I read about the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ, it gives me the strength to continue. I posted a comment in your other articles, not sure if you got it as I did not see it. God bless you Justin for your work.

    • Hey Igor,

      I did get your comment. Sorry for the late reply as I’ve been quiet busy the past week. I’m very glad my story has inspired you to trust in God! Let go of everything, and let God take over. Give up trying to do it on your own, and ask + believe in Him to take over! God bless you Igor, praying for you!

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