“It's true what you said about soldiers, they do form a special bond. But eventually the battle ends and those who survive, they go home and try to make sense of it all. I guess we all have our own war stories, but they’re meant to be shared, they have to be. Because these stories are what bring us together and they keep us alive.”
-Felicity, Sally’s character
As we are heading into a big transition for John with his daily routine, I’ve been reflecting on the past 3.5 years and the time we’ve devoted to the program from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential. The Institutes has become part of our family, and I doubt we would have the vision or hope we have for John without their influence.
|Our family with Glenn Doman and his wife Katie in October 2011. This wonderful founder of the Institutes passed away a couple of weeks ago.|
I am convinced God puts certain things in our lives for seasons. The program represents a significant season for us. I know many of our friends and family have often looked at us and wondered what the heck we were doing with so much time committed to this intensive program, with turning our house upside down to build the necessary equipment and devices (yes, even installing large eye bolts into our living room ceiling from which to suspend bungee cords for John’s gravity free program… we had a lot of help with all of these projects!), and supposedly missing out on many opportunities due to the program and the time it required 24/7.
The bottom line is that the program was a true gift for that particular season. I am sure you all have had things like this in your life. When the program came along, we were a shattered mess… still picking up the pieces (or more like hunting for them amidst the rubble strewn across our accident scene) from losing a son to a tragic medical error and going from one doctor to another for John only to hear grim words.
God used the program to breathe new life into our bodies, to revive us, and to set our feet upon a solid path. While becoming a full time therapist for my son seemed crazy sometimes (and certainly was at times), God knew exactly what this broken mama needed. I needed something to pour my life and energy into. A true lifesaver, I think the program provided just as much for me, if not more, than it did for John! And it certainly gave a lot to John!
God provides. Yes, even in the darkest places. Especially in those places. And we must tell our stories… to continue to make sense of it all, and to continue to remember what is true. That we have come through. That we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. As the quote above insists, our stories are of great import, they bring us together, and they point us to God’s provision.
That is one of the chief aims of He Makes All Things New. For we often find our God-designed lifesavers in the most unlikely places… in the aftermath, in the wreckage. It is only in death and loss that the Lord can breathe warm, new life and begin His process of making all things new. Our stories are not yet complete. Praise Him.
We remain humbled that you choose to be on this journey with us.