Sometimes as humans on this side of Heaven we are faced with incredibly difficult challenges to overcome. They can be physical, mental, or spiritual in nature. And can require so much of you that at times you feel hopeless, and without joy. Your path seems bleak and you get to a point where you feel you just don’t have the strength to take one more step forward. It can be a very lonely place to be.
Sometimes you may even feel like you are trudging through a deep thick muddy swamp just trying to get to dry land. And with each step you sink deeper and deeper and the path gets harder and harder. Your task at this point then, is to gather the courage to overcome. But how?
That is the question for today? How do I have the courage to move forward when it all seems so pointless? I’m not sure who this message is for today. But I know there is someone that is listening today that feels like everything I’ve said so far is directly for you. Because that is how God works sometimes. He puts someone in your path (a messenger) to let you know that you are His. He’s got you. He wants you to know that He loves you. He sees you. He hears your cries. And you are NOT alone.
I will be reading from Psalm 27 today, verse 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?
I have heard many stories of people who have overcome great challenges as I’m sure have you. But today I wanted to share a story that I found that had such a powerful influence on my life. Her name is Cambry Kaylor. From a very young age she picked up the love of horses and gymnastics. And began a career of Equestrian Vaulting which is dancing and gymnastics on the back of a horse. Sounds daunting and scary doesn’t it? She quickly grew as a master of her art. Training for 10 years to become an international competitor. She was involved in dance as a ballerina, and in gymnastics. And competed on her high school diving team. Very much a talented and vibrant athlete in all aspects of athleticism. However, while practicing a move on her horse there was a terrible accident and she ended up landing in a way that broke her neck and severed her spinal cord. She became paralyzed from the waist down. I’ll link her story so you can get the details.
Can you imagine what you might be feeling when you realize that everything you’d ever worked for, everything you’d ever dreamed of, could suddenly be taken from you all in an instance? You can imagine the despair she must have felt.
She began to have horrible fear and terrible nightmares about her experience. When she woke up she would hope it was all just a bad dream and that her parents would say she just had a broken leg or something a little less severe. She wanted anything but the truth! She just wanted something she could wake up from.
But in all of that pain and heartache that she was experiencing, there was one thing she had in all of her fear. And that was courage. She had the courage to want her situation to change. She realized after months of trying to find what she thought she needed, that what she wanted more than anything was to feel joy again. And she didn’t have to walk to be happy. She could create her own happiness and joy. What an amazing example of courage that took.
Cambry went on to become very successful, taking the reins of her life back into her own hands.
It took time and a lot of patience and hard work. And I’m sure there was a lot of waiting on Lord.
In Psalm 27 David finishes his psalm by saying 14: Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.
So even though you may be in the mud and muck right now trying to put one foot in front of the other, be of courage… because the Lord WILL strengthen your heart. Today is the day to take back the reins of your life. Decide that with God all things are possible to Him that believes!
Have a great day my friends. I’ll talk to you again tomorrow!