Monday, August 27, 2012
London Paralympics 2012 - But Wait...There’s More
By Rebecca Moore, A Press Service International voluntary young writer for Christian Today Australia
Special to ASSIST News Service
LONDON, UK (ANS) -- If someone had told me that three weeks ago a crazed drunk person would chase my car up the street with a crowbar, or that a year ago I would survive a head-on collision leaving me with injuries that would require weekly treatments, I think I would have been tempted to curl up in a ball and never leave the house.
Watching television at the age of thirteen, Ben Weekes never imagined that the pins and needles sensation he was feeling, would turn out to be a blood clot in his spine causing paraplegia. Nor, at the age of fourteen, did Daniella Di Toro know that a wall would collapse on her at a school swimming carnival leaving her also a paraplegic. Brenden Hall didn't know that a bout of chicken pox would lead to hearing impairment and an amputated leg (www.paralympic.org.au).
However, Olympians like Ben, Daniella and Brenden are made from such things. Ben, a champion tennis player - as is Daniella, and Brendan, a champion freestyle swimmer, are all proudly representing Australia at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Does this take courage? Definitely, and qualities such as determination, a good attitude and knowing that there is more to come is what seems to drive these heroes of the sporting arena.
And there is more to come. As Isaiah 61:3 says that God will – “provide for those who grieve... To bestow on them a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”.
Life is definitely uncertain. We don't know from day to day what challenges await us but we do know who holds our hand. Like a little child holding their parents hand with an unquestioning assurance, we need to hold on to our Heavenly Fathers’ hand in this way.
It was His hand that steered my car out of the way of the crazy drunk and put my foot to the ground just before the crowbar could go through my daughter’s window. It was His gentle voice that woke me out of unconsciousness in the car accident and gently whispered, “Things will be different for a while, but you're alive”.
I don't always understand why things happen, but I am so grateful that He is the one in control because I know He also has a plan – “all things work for the good of those who love the Lord,” Romans 8 verse 28.
Even when it doesn't make sense to us, it makes sense to God. “He is my God and I trust Him,” Psalm 91 verse 2. So when things seem out of control, remember the one who is in control and rest securely knowing that he wants you to lean into Him so that he can carry you.
When you watch the 2012 London Paralympics this August - September remember the adversities each Olympian has gone through to get to where they are now. You can read their profiles at www.paralympic.org.au.
You never know what is around the corner...it may just be wonderful!
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge,” Psalm 91 verse 4.
Rebecca Moore, and her husband Tony, have four children and live on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She enjoys writing children's stories and is currently studying a degree in creative writing. Rebecca works as a swimming instructor and piano teacher.
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