CRUMB 0023 – SAVED TO SERVE – MY DAMASCUS ROAD STORY

“It was a beautiful Friday morning on the 26th of January 2001, nineteen years ago.

My home nation of India was gearing up to celebrate her 52nd Republic Day.

This was the day when the Constitution came into effect in 1950 and India turned into a newly formed republic.”

This was the same day that India was hit with her worst ever earthquake in the state of Gujarat. Close to 7 on the Richter Scale, it caused unprecedented damages.

Little did I know, that on this day, I was about to undertake a journey, which would radically change my life forever.
And little did I know, there was a mighty earthquake coming into my life too.
A shaking that would totally and completely break me down, strip me of everything, and bring me down to my knees.

Being a keen motorcyclist, I was for the first time, about to take on a solo ride, across the entire sub-continent of India.

The relative sponsors were in place and the route was planned, as I got ceremoniously flagged off from the south eastern coastal city of Chennai.

I was to cut across to the western coast, and then head right up to the northern mountains of Leh and Ladhak.

I would then head southbound straight down a middle highway, before getting back to my starting point and base in Chennai.

Everything was going along pretty smoothly, till I reached about half way point down on my return journey.

Taking a hard and sharp left, in a hot, sunny and dry hilly wilderness, at about 95-100 Kmph, my rear tyre blew, resulting instantly in a crash that should have rightfully sent me into a lost oblivion forever.

But God was merciful.

I survived with just a broken left shoulder.

How It All Began

Brought up in a reasonable well-to-do family, with a decent education, I really lacked nothing in life.

Spiritually raised in a mainline denominational Church with all the ritualism of baptism and confirmation, life was moving along pretty well for me.

I left home at the age of 21 and headed to the land of UK to a start a life for myself.

Little did I know that it was not just home I was leaving, but I was leaving God too, what little I knew of HIM.

I was forsaking my so-called spiritual upbringing, to live out, taste and experience every ungodly temptation that the world had to offer.

This carried on, gradually increasing more and more with time, over the next 22 years.

I had lost the plot, as they say, and steeped deeper and deeper in to a life of sin of every kind.

My conscience seared as with a hot iron, I had reached a point of no return.

I was in total bondage in the hands of the devil, doing his bidding at his will.

There was no getting out of this, though I sought it with tears.

I was a slave to sin!

A Dream Shattered

There is little, that can be more discouraging than a shattered dream.

What started as ‘self-glory’, ended in the pits. I had lost face.

So there I was in the middle of this state highway, in the midst of the wilderness, stranded for about five hours.

There was much to ponder about, much to reflect on, even though I suffered a broken shoulder and a broken spirit.

In the mean time, while all this was happening, the other side of my life was simultaneously coming to light.

My sins had found me out! [Numbers 32:23].

I lost everything I had built and worked for. It was all taken away from me.

I HAD LOST ALL THAT WAS DEAR TO ME!

And there was absolutely nothing that I could do about it.

GOD HAD HAD ENOUGH!  My moment of chastening and scourging had arrived.

While trying to heal over the next couple of weeks, pride set in and I decided to finish my personal glory journey.

I was truly kicking against the goads.

Strapping up my broken shoulder, painful as it was, I set out to finish my journey on my motorbike, which by now had been repaired.

The Gospel Preached To Me

I rolled into the city of Hyderabad to break journey for a couple of days to meet a godly aunt, whom I hadn’t seen in twenty-five years.

With a prayerful burden in her heart, she gave me the Good News of the true Gospel of my Salvation, which I was hearing for the first time in my life.

How that Jesus Christ, the Son of God had Personally “died for my sins, was buried and rose again for my justification” [1 Corinthians 15:1-4] and [Romans 4:25].

It came with a wonderful Promise, Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” [Romans 10:11]

I believed!

I was a long tearful night that night.

But then, with a heart filled with thanksgiving and a wonderful ‘blessed assurance’, I set out early the next morning, in a bid to finish my journey.

It wasn’t long though, before my worldly sorrows and my predicament, started to viciously overwhelm me again.

When I reflect back, I realize it was the enemy at work, trying to steal that which Heaven gifted me.

Riding in the midst of another hot and dry wilderness, on National Highway 9, I started to shake and lose control.

That’s When It Happened

That’s it! I threw in the towel!

Another maximum sixty seconds and I reckon I would have been gone.

AND SUDDENLY! From out of nowhere, Heaven Came Down And Glory Filled My Soul.

I could feel it, being washed down from head to toe, from my shoulders and out through my fingertips.

In a moment of time, all my cares had gone, my burdens had been lifted.

I WAS FREE INDEED!

Although I did not understand it, yet I knew what was happening to me.

I was still riding, while all this was taking place.

I finally pulled up to the side, and without knowing it, I looked up to Heaven, and said, “YES”.

My worldly burdens were replaced with a Heavenly one.

I knew, in a moment of time, that I just had to preach ‘The Gospel of God’s Grace’.

That was to be my mandate for the rest of my life.

Turning Into The Home Stretch

As I turn into the home stretch of the final lap of my life, I look back with thanksgiving to God Almighty, Who saved me with a Mighty Hand and an outstretched Arm.

It’s been quite a journey so far as I cross the 63rd milestone with a sign-post saying, “KEEP GOING”!

Looking Unto Jesus

So looking unto Jesus, Who is theAuthor and Finisher of my faith” [Hebrews 12:2],

“I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” [Philippians 3:13-14].

DRIVEN BY LOVE

I close with the first ever poem I’ve ever written in these sixty-three years of my life, which sums it all up.

Driven by Love He came for me

While on a road to a lost eternity

Washed me, cleansed me, gave me His Robe

Now walks with me to my Eternal Hope

Length, Breadth, Height and Depth

So vast His Love, upon me He set

Endued with Hope that will never fail

On the winds of Heaven I’ll forever sail

O listen! O man, He bids you to come

Whatever your state, whatever you’ve done

With open Arms He’ll draw you in

Put far away your deeds of sin

Like a rolling stone, your gathered dross

Nailed He forever upon that Cross

“Free” He shouts, “forever you’re free”

The devil has now no hold on thee

Today’s thy day, so it must be

I bid you with plea, Just believe in Me.

“I am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed” [2 Timothy 1:12]

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About Joshua David Mukerji

A life filled with depravity, a conscience hardened and seared as with a hot iron, with eyes filled with tears on a road leading to nowhere, with an amputated spirit, devoid of any meaningful hope or purpose, moving on like a ship on a tumultuous sea without a sail, the author, from out of nowhere, has an encounter with a Living God that would radically change his life. With an infallible Hope imputed into his spirit, he moves on. Not claiming to have got there yet, but one thing he does: forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, he presses on with this Hope that will never fail. If you feel you somehow or in some way connect with any part of this, stick around. There are messages of True and Living Hope coming your way. You ‘will’ get there yet!!!
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17 thoughts on “CRUMB 0023 – SAVED TO SERVE – MY DAMASCUS ROAD STORY

  1. What a brilliant piece Babu Mama.. so well written and structured. This was truly an remarkable journey.

    1. Thanks so much, it testifies of the reality of God’s Grace. My prayer and hope is that all would embrace it. The amazing thing is that there are no strings attached. Just a believing heart! That’s it!

    1. Thank you Puneet. So encouraging coming from you. I still vividly remember the way we met. You are indeed special.

    1. Thank you Bismit. You have a wonderful attitude in your approach to God. Never change that. It is a blessing. We have much to learn from you. Thank you for your great encouragement. NO, I WON’T STOP. God bless you son.

  2. Praise God.
    Wonderful testimony.
    Blessed by your writings.
    May God bless you with more words.

  3. Breadcrumb 23

    Amazing Grace yet again and we are not supposed to try and work out why he does it the way he does and to whom he does it to. He is so faithful and patient. When everyone and all else abandons us – he is still there. So many links in the chain – I pray all be restored before this thing is over brother Josh – a miracle that is not common – and as you say – to never be the same again – I rejoice in heaven coming down upon you ! Wonderful – and now your being used …John 3v8 👍😁♥️🙌🏼

    1. Praise God Bro Jimmy. It does take a while sometimes, but gradually we are learning what it means to “gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). It’s the best place to be in.

  4. In a world that’s struggling and groping in the dark to find the meaning of Life and the existence of God, your Testimony and experience is an infallible and irrefutable proof of the Truth of the Invisible GOD of the Bible. Thank you for sharing your encounter with HIM because the world needs to know HIM desperately . Time is running out and must be redeemed before it’s too late.
    Thank you for being faithful to this unique Ministry HE has given you for such a time as this.

    1. Thank you for all your encouragement and prayers. You have played such an indescribable role in my life and I thank God for you.

  5. Very good dear brother I would like to congratulate for your meaningful and encourageing meditation really is was helpful in my ministry thank you very much and praise be to God

    1. Thank you for your encouragement Bro Sam. May God use you effectively where he has placed you. It’s never easy, but with HIS help, many sons can be brought to Glory. Keep up your good work.

  6. Amazing testimony !!!! See how the Lord works in people’s lives. Just another masterpiece and miracle from the Lord’s hands !!!! Great going Joshua – seeing and knowing the lives of people that have been touched, transformed and changed by this absolutely amazing personal testimony !!! Praise Jesus !!!

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