I am shaking my head wondering, how did I get here? Fifty-two years in a wheelchair is a long time… and even Jesus thinks so, too.
In John chapter five, the Lord was at the Pool of Bethesda, and he stopped by a man over a straw mat who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years, and it says in verse six, “When Jesus learned he had been in this condition for a long time.”
When I read those words, “a long time,” tears filled my eyes. If Jesus thinks that thirty-eight years of paralysis is a long time, what does he think of fifty-two years? I think Jesus probably says it’s a long time too, and so do I.
And yes, every day we’re wasting away. Our bodies are just fragile, but I am still on the growing side, because like the Bible says I’m growing in two directions at the same time. Everything about my spirit is growing. Sure, I’m weaker physically, but I grow stronger spiritually.
Deep, great trials bring with them deep grace from God. All of which enlarges our soul’s capacity for Jesus.
And that’s what I’m celebrating on my accident anniversary. So, join me in the celebration and watch this message of being renewed in Christ day by day. Help me share it with many more people with disabilities, all around the world. God bless you, friends!
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