Over the last few months, we have had several experiences that have reinforced this concept. Dan and I met our daughter at a car shop for some repairs. While waiting for the repairs to be completed, we shared the waiting room with a woman that worked with Dan several years earlier. We didn’t make the connection right away, because she kept thinking – that looks like Dan, but it can’t be – because he would be much older than this guy! (Dan is amazing in that he doesn’t show his true age…) In addition, Dan was pretty much wheelchair bound when she knew him and he had walked into the car shop, so this was another thing that made her think it wasn’t the same guy. In a nutshell, she was amazed at the progress Dan had made over the last 10 years!!
Then we ran into some other friends that we knew from earlier times at the movie theater. The reaction was similar as Dan got out of his wheelchair and walked for them… they were amazed at the progress that he has made over the years.
Another highlight was when Dan was asked to give an opening prayer in our church congregation. As all who know Dan can attest that his speech has been hard to understand, when he gave the prayer, every word was understandable! We know that he has some extra Help that day! I have had many people come up to me and say how much his speech has improved.
The point is… don’t give up if things don’t seem to be progressing!! The miracles we see can be realized over a period of time, and we know that we have been blessed, and CONTINUE to be blessed as time passes by. The Lord helps us carry our burdens through the dark times, and He also blesses us with continued progress, even if it is a little at a time.
It is hard to keep believing when progress is so slow in coming. But giving up doesn’t help anyone. Being bitter about what has happened to you in life only makes you a miserable person. I chose to give my pain to God, and in turn I have been blessed to cope with the day to day challenges, and indeed find joy and peace in the journey. The journey may be a continual climb up a steep mountain slope, but there are stop points along the way where the scenery is breath taking and well worth the effort to get there.
Even in the darkest of times, there is still much to hope for. We must still have faith to believe and hope that inspired researchers will find the way soon. Our test is to continue on with happiness for the things we are blessed with now, and look forward with bright optimism for what the future may hold in store for us. We are not alone in our journey, and that is the greatest insight of all…
May God bless you and yours in your daily struggles in life.
All the best from Dan and LaNae