Football Player Almost Commits Suicide — But Gets A Beautiful Sign To Stay Alive!

Luke Keller’s high school life was a constant battle. He was diagnosed with separation-anxiety disorder, and on top of that, he struggled with suicidal thoughts. Despite seeking counseling, the treatment was never truly effective for him.

“At the end of my junior year, I remember walking down the hallway, looking outside and thinking, ‘What am I even living for?’” said Keller. “I was thinking I was going to go home and take my life.”

One day, after coming home from school, Keller found a list of chores left for him from his mother. In an attempt to clear his mind, Keller decided to mow the lawn and get to work. However, the suicidal thoughts remained rampant, to the point that Keller was certain he was going to take his life right then and there.

As a last attempt to steady his already frail grip on his life, Keller turned to God.

Luke Keller

Luke Keller

“I said, ‘God, if you are real — if you are what people say you are — then tell me something because today I’m going to end my life. I need you now if you’re real,’” Keller said of his life-changing moment.

To his surprise, Keller received a response from the one person he had reached out to. He heard a voice telling him, “I want you to follow me.”

“I was in the middle of mowing my grass and was so completely overwhelmed because I truly didn’t believe in God before,” he said. “I felt like he said, ‘I want you to follow me.’ So again, I said, ‘God, I feel like I heard you but would you please say it one more time just to know I’m not crazy. And I felt like he said it again. I felt like he said, ‘I want you to follow me.’”

Keller had finally found the cure to his long-standing depression and struggle with suicide.

Luke Keller

“I went through a year of counseling and it never helped,” he said. “But from that day on, I’ve never had one more suicidal thought, one bit of separation anxiety at all.”

After finding enlightenment, Keller devoted his senior year of football to God. For every touchdown the starting running back scored, he would go down on his knees at the end zone and point towards the sky.

Unfortunately, not everyone was a fan of his public proclamations. When his team made it to the second round of play-offs, one of the officials warned him he would be penalized and thrown out of the game if his gesture persisted.

Luke Keller

“I was completely devastated. What I play for is to glorify God. I decided I was just going to do it and if I got thrown out, then I got thrown out. I wouldn’t even be here right now if it wasn’t for God saving me,” Keller said.

At halftime, he received a note from his sister that said, “Be patient and let God work.” After scoring his next point, Keller refrained from pointing upwards again, but when he looked into the stands, he saw the 7,000 people in attendance kneeling and pointing to the sky for him.

“I felt like God said, ‘Listen Luke, I told you Satan would come at you and I would separate it.’”

Luke Keller

However, the struggle continued for Keller. After being recruited by Morehead State University in Kentucky, he suffered from what he initially thought was a sprained ankle, only to find it had been fractured and the tendon was detached from the bone. His condition prompted surgery.

After the procedure, Keller had been shocked to find out that both of his ankles had been worked on by mistake. He was forced to get a second surgery to repair the original damage that was unfixed by the first procedure.

By his junior year, he suffered from a sprained wrist and had to undergo surgery to fix it. Following the surgery, Keller contracted methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and was told his chances of ever playing again were slim to none.

Luke Keller

Then, 6 weeks into his medication, he received a call from his doctor. Thinking it would be more bad news, Keller braced himself for the worst. But, it turned out to be another call from God’s saving grace once more.

“He said, ‘I just wanted to tell you that God has blessed you,’” Keller recalled. “‘Your blood work is perfect. It’s completely back to normal.’”

Keller thus returned to the field, completely engulfed by the crowd’s cheers and how far his faith had brought him.

Luke Keller

“I was so overwhelmed by the fans that night,” he said. “There have been a few moments in my life where I have gotten to experience that. And I know God is real.”

All photos from Facebook.

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