Lessons from a Quadriplegic (or Blessings from a Hurting Foot)

Like all of you, I have my shares of down days.  True to the curse of the Bible, problems abound in this life.  Recently, I had my share of misfortunes. Business went bad and for a couple of people, I had been a villain.  I didn’t want to, and I didn’t intend to.  In fact, let me say, I wasn’t. But you know, like all fallen humanity, I esteem myself too much often.  So, let me say, perhaps I was a villain.  Doubtless, I have my evils but then when I look back, I think for the most part, I did what I could do best not to let the evils spread, whether mine or otherwise.

But misfortunes don’t always come in big packages with a lot of complexities. For example, have you ever  struck your little toe on the edge of a chair or a bed?  Uuughh… hurts, don’t it? Have you ever thank the Lord for it?

I had the chance to listen to an audiobook recently, Place of Healing: Wrestling With the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty by Joni Erikson Tada.  It recounts the new pains suffered by a quadriplegic.  Christian Audio has recently given the world a free download of it. (It’s free, and if I were you, I would download it. Sorry for a short notice but it ends by the end of this month.)

There are many times defeat would make you realize how sad this life is. But then, when you come to think of it, there are many blessings we forego to consider as just given.  Have you ever thanked the Lord for hurting? Long ago, I had read another book written by Phillip Yancey and Dr. Phillip Brand titled, The Gift of Pain, where they said, pain is a gift from God that reminds us that there is something wrong.

In a leper colony, Dr. Brand has ruminated on the blessings that pain enable us to do, as opposed to the loss of pain that lepers suffer.

Now as to Joni’s book, I was incredibly blessed. Some of my pains have seared my days but it was ok. I was managing my affairs as best as I can.  When I (audio) read Joni’s book, I celebrated my freedoms and counted my blessings.

Thank you Joni. You don’t know me, but I was blessed by your book. You actually have made me realize how a spoiled man I am, complaining to God when I have so many things to be thankful for, two functional legs and two arms for starters.  You have made careless people like me appreciate the blessings in the ordinary life.

Truly God is wise to have chosen you to be a bearer of this challenge. Thru it, you have blessed so many people and have been an instrument  of the Lord to appease hearts that question his goodness.

Your story is such so powerful, it has enabled me to see hope and joy in the midst of pain…yes even in little moments when I get my foot hit in life’s lowly corners.

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