Update: 40 Days Later
Life without legs will quickly humble any man. Everything that I used to do without thinking now becomes a much longer process, for example: opening a door, taking a shower, going to the bathroom, riding in a car, or just moving about. In all honesty, I have not been able to accept it, and it has been hard to get used to. It can be very frustrating and annoying at times. Much, if not all, of my independence is gone and I must rely on others for almost everything I do. It is a completely different way of life, and I feel for those who are in similar or worse condition than I am. I am blessed that this is only a brief season in my life, and that this is not the end result.
You see, you and I take much of life for granted. Examples include: waking up, having a roof over our head, a car to drive, food to eat, a bed to sleep in, good health, etc. We need to remember that we are not entitled to anything, this world is not our own, and each day is a gift from God. It is our choice to live for or against Him. Sometimes it takes a humbling experience to put things in the right perspective (God is good at humbling us), and I can honestly say that this has been the most humbling and difficult situation I have ever been through.
I say all of this not to discourage but to encourage you. You see God uses trials and hardships to refine us, strengthen us, to draw us closer to Him, and to build character amongst many other things. Take a second to read the Scripture below, then pause and really think about what you just read.
James 1: 2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Did James seriously just tell us to consider trials pure joy? I don’t know about you, but this is not my natural reaction and at times this seems impossible to do. However, let’s look at the benefits of facing a trial: the testing of our faith produces perseverance, we become mature and complete, and lack nothing. Now that is something to get excited about! I don’t know about you but I definitely want to get to the point in my faith where I am lacking nothing; wow, what an awesome experience that would be.
This trial has not been easy, and at times I really struggle with it. I am no different than you, I am human and this is simply… tough. However, I know and believe that God is at work and has an amazing plan in place for me, just as He does for you. Let’s believe and trust in Him together. Let’s be world changers!
My prayer is that God will increase my ability to trust Him when I am weak in faith, to love Him like He loves me, to obey and follow where He leads, and to never doubt His promises. I must submit myself to God, for He gave me this life and He can take it away at any point (how clear this is to me). Let’s believe and trust in Him together!
Let’s be World Changers!