Divorce is not only hard for the individuals involved; it’s harder for the kids to digest. The process causes several psychological disorders for them that include depression and separation-anxiety disorder. One kid, among the millions out there, that really suffered from this to a point where he even contemplated taking his own life is Luke Keller. Luke’s dad left when he was just 10-years-old, his Grandfather was sentenced to prison and his grandmother who was his biggest support succumbed to cancer almost when Luke thought he couldn’t take it anymore.
One day, when his suicidal thoughts almost got the better of him, Luke went home from school only to find a list of chores left on the dining table by his mother. To clear his head of all the thoughts swarming his head, Luke decided to mow the lawn. With the suicidal thoughts filling his head, Luke looked up to the sky and spoke to someone he had never spoken to his whole life—God. Luke 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.”
As he carried out his duties for the day tasked by his mother, Luke heard a voice in his head,” I want you to follow me.” He asked the Lord to repeat his request, the words were the same, “I want you to follow me.”
As soon as he heard the voice again, assuring him that there was someone actually listening to his plead to save his life, Luke fell on his knees and cried. Despite undergoing a year of therapy for his depression and separation anxiety, it was these words that healed him from the distress that he was in. All he could say was “Thank you” over and over again.
Knowing deep down inside that it was God who helped him not to waste his life and give him a second chance, Luke decided to dedicate his career to God. With every touchdown he made for his football team, Luke would get on one knee on the line and raise his hands to God in appreciation.
Obviously, not everyone around was in favor of his celebration and during the second round of the playoffs, as soon as Luke did his usual routine after a touchdown, an official approached him and warned him that he would be penalized for the rest of the game if he repeated the gesture. Luke said, “I was completely devastated,” Keller explains. “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.”
Just after the halftime whistle was blown, his sister approached him and shoved a note in his hand. It read, “Be patient and let God work.”
After scoring a touchdown after the half-time break, he refrained from the gesture but as he looked at the stands, the 7000-people supporting him were imitating his celebration of kneeling and looking to the skies.
“I felt like God said, ‘Listen Luke, I told you Satan would come at you and I would separate it.’”
All credit to his talent and unrelenting spirit, Luke was recruited by the Morehead State University in Kentucky. Like most fairytales, even his had a few twists and turns before the happy ending. While playing a game at the start of his sophomore season, Luke suffered what he thought was a sprained ankle. But the reports of the doctor assured him that the situation was in fact grave. He needed surgery to repair a torn ligament.
The day after surgery, Luke was baffled to learn that the doctor had accidentally operated on both his ankles. The time of recuperation left him off the field for a few weeks and when he did come back he broke his wrist which also required surgery. What’s worse is that he contracted MSRA from the surgery, and this time, the doctor told him what every athlete hates to hear…. he might not wear the uniform again.
Six weeks into being distraught following what the doctor told him, Luke again got a call from the doctor, He said, ‘Hey, are you sitting down?’ I’m thinking oh no, what else is going to come up,” Luke says. “He said, ‘I just wanted to tell you that God has blessed you. Your blood work is perfect. It’s completely back to normal.’”
On October 10, 2015, and after a string of ups and downs, Luke marched back on the field to represent his college to a roaring applause, when he heard the voice again while watching the fans in the stands replicate his celebration. After a life of misery and suicidal contemplation, Luke knew that he had surely found what he was looking for and above all, he knew that God is real.