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After the Mountain Comes the Valley
MY YEARS of dissipation and turning my back on God were over, and I’d finally found my way “back home.” The life-changing injury I’d suffered in ...


Sergeant Adams

North Carolina Police Officer

MY YEARS of dissipation and turning my back on God were over, and I’d finally found my way “back home.” The life-changing injury I’d suffered in wrestling changed both my life and Renee’s. We’d been told we couldn’t have children but now had two. We went through Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” and were getting our financial affairs in order. I was happy in the new police position I’d taken, and life was good.

One day I was sitting in my office and talking out loud to God (sometimes I find that more satisfactory than simply saying a silent prayer). I had been reading about the “mountaintop experience” Moses had and was envious. I asked God for one. Let me say here that I’ve always been skeptical when people say, “God told me this” or, “I heard God say that.” Not anymore!

As I was talking out loud I felt a hand on my right shoulder. No one else was in the room but then I distinctly heard a voice say, “I am here.” The voice didn’t seem to come from an outside source but came from within my own being. It was as the Scripture says in Jeremiah 4:19: “My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard, O my soul” (NKJV). I realized God had spoken and given me my mountaintop experience. Then I thought, You didn’t have the faith to believe that God could give you what you asked, so he did it to prove you wrong. The experience left me shaking and in tears.

Two weeks later I learned the reason God had revealed himself to me that day. During an exam the doctor told me I had multiple myeloma (MM), a type of incurable (but in some cases manageable) cancer that starts in the plasma cells, a type of white blood cell found in the bone marrow. He said I was in the first, or MGUS (Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance), stage. For some reason I had no fear; my calm was unbelievable. God has kept the disease in check. I still am in the benign stage, but have my bone marrow tested every six months. As the saying goes, “I don’t know what to expect in the future, but I know who holds it.” My life is a gift and the MM is not a death sentence. It simply helps to serve as a reminder of who God is and his wonderful grace toward me.


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