Today is the eighth anniversary of my accident. I thought about it several weeks ago, but had forgotten until Cheri posted about it on her blog http://cheri-scicaregiving.blogspot.com/
I remember everything from that morning up until the time that I landed awkwardly on my head. Many times I thought that so unfair because I was traveling only about 5-6 mph.
I look back now with a different attitude. There were so many situations in my life prior to that accident that could have turned out tragic but didn't. I don't believe that God was responsible, it was my decision to ride that day. I do believe that it was God who kept me alive throughout the five months that it took for me to be well enough to return home. It was God who allowed my mother to accompany Cheri and I to the TIRR (Texas Institute for Research and Rehabilitation) center in Houston for 60 days.
It was God who arranged for my mother-in-law (Darla) to move in with us while continuing to work from home. It was God who touched the hearts of all the people that prepared my house to be wheelchair accessible and create a second master bedroom for my in-laws. It was God who sent a Chrysler Entervan to TIRR two weeks before my release. He touched the hearts of my friends to purchase that van. He has been with me for much more than eight years. My hindsight is much better today. I can say that what happened to me was a mess that God has turned into a message. He has opened doors and closed doors. I know that all things work together for good to those of us who love Him and are called according to His purpose. I'm doing things today that I would never have done if I had not been through this trial.
My Outlook on life is now: Live your life as if every day were the last one here on earth, it very well could be.
Today I am sitting in a room specifically designed for me. Utilizing a brand-new computer while watching the birds and a squirrel hanging out in the shade of my backyard. I have an opportunity to soon have a part-time job. A beautiful wife who loves me and has stuck with me in "Sickness and Health".
I have friends who do things for me and would never even think of receiving anything in return.
I've done more thinking about this anniversary in the last hour then I have in the last two years. I am blessed beyond all I could ever imagine.
Today is the day that the Lord has made, I will be glad and rejoice in it :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Much love, Dennis