This past week, I shared the following note on a particular interactive website, hoping to pass along encouragement for those struggling with acquired brain injuries, particularly married couples. This is what I shared:
"We’re still learning after 13 years, but that’s the exciting part (now) –we’re still learning! Sure trudged through a lot of miry pits to get to where we are today, but I believe those pits made us reach up for God’s Hand to pull us out so we weren't (aren't) buried in despair.
I liken it to a situation which happened a few years ago: As I walked along a secluded coastal bay, I suddenly felt my feet sinking into the sand. I tried to run to get off of it but I couldn’t get one foot out. I began to panic because my foot wouldn’t move and the more I struggled, the deeper my foot sank. I was so scared and pleaded with God to help me. Miraculously, I managed to pull my foot out and scrambled on my hands and knees to a safe spot. My sandal remains buried beneath that quicksand area. I know beyond any shadow of a doubt, that God miraculously pulled my foot free that day.
This is what I’m trying to say I guess… acquiring a tbi (traumatic brain injury) is very much like this real-life example. We can be coasting along pretty good somedays, then suddenly find ourselves being buried beneath a load of can’t do’s, fatigue, frustration and feelings of worthlessness because we can’t DO the things we used to. But God doesn’t want us to be consumed by those things. He reaches out to us, offering hope, faithfulness, progress and most of all, He wants us to know how very valuable we are in His eyes. Worthy enough to save….even all the way to the cross. He loves us that much.
God sees no disability in us… we do. Rather, God looks at our ABILITIES, and we when surrender everything to Him (including our “new normal”) He can do miracles in and through us… for His glory. That’s an astounding privilege. It’s also an incredible gift. But we have to unwrap it.
There’s still plenty of “not so fun” situations that arise for us, but we are learning to roll up our sleeves and face them square on because God goes before us, and behind us. That means the miry pits cannot swallow us up… Almighty God will enable us to move forward."
He will do the same for you.
KEYWORDS: QUICKSAND (What things can you surrender to God in order to free yourself from the quicksand of despair? ie: (perceived) failure, lack of self-worth, limitations.....)
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand....For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid." (Isaiah 41: 10, 13, 14a NIV)
"I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears." (Psalm 34: 4 NIV)
"Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I." (Isaiah 58: 9 NIV)
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