Mountain climbing was a driving force in the life of Tim Hansel. On one of his expeditions, he fell seventy feet and landed on his back and neck. The damage was severe and extensive. He fractured most of the vertebrae from his neck down his spine, crushed most of his discs, tore ligaments, and broke many ribs. It was a miracle that he survived.
Following his accident, after multiple surgeries and many consultations, he was given less than an 8 percent chance that he would ever walk again. But he refused to give up. He persevered, forced himself to walk, ride a bicycle and even play tennis. His experience with God led him to found Summit Express, a unique ministry to provide encouragement to others.
Throughout the remaining years of his life, he was never free from pain. Once, in desperation, he prayed "Lord, I feel almost dismembered this morning from outrageous pain. Here I am, with my desire to be agile and free, barely able to get out of my chair. Teach me to live in new ways, Oh Lord. Teach me and show me Your ways in the midst of this."
What gave him such trust in God? "The joy of the Lord is your strength."
Prayer: Lord, give us Your strength and power to overcome the trials and tragedies of life. May we trust in You, with faith, hope, and confidence to meet our every need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.