What are the Odds?

David Farber while on location

“When I had my accident back on September 8, 1981, at the age of 28 and one month, I was given less than a 10% chance of surviving even one night.  My parents were told that if I made it through the first night, I would not live more than two or three days.  That sounds like no odds at all to me.  I wonder if they could have calculated what my odds would have been to still be alive and functioning a year later, or ten years later, or how about a blessed 37 years later!?  I think that would be incalculable, but maybe that’s because nobody can calculate the mind of God.

I just turned 65, an impossible feat according to the doctors.   What keeps me going? I’ve often questioned that myself.  The constant pain and loneliness are at times almost unbearable.  I keep going because, in Jesus Christ, I have found purpose in my life.  Before that fateful accident, I lived only for myself.  Now I try and live to Glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I say “try and live to Glorify my Lord” because more often than not, I fail miserably at glorifying Him, but through Jesus Christ, my sins have been forgiven, so I keep pushing on.  I’m no longer praying or even hoping for the big miracle of a physical healing because I’m content with the blessings my Lord bestows on me whenever I need them the most, sometimes something as simple as seeing a bird, so I can try to get a better photograph of it, or a ray of sunlight cascading down through the trees to highlight a flower at just the right moment, as only the Lord can do.  I don’t know how much longer the Lord will sustain me.  Only the Lord knows that, so I’ll just keep pushing on in spite of the pain and loneliness, knowing that the Lord loves me and is there for me, and that is good enough for me.

The Lord loved me enough to allow me to go through that devastating accident.  And He kept me alive and gave me a second chance at life, knowing that eventually I would open my eyes and heart, see the truth, and accept Him as my Lord and Savior.  This way when my time comes, I know that I will spend an eternity in Heaven with my Lord, without the wheelchair, without the pain and loneliness.  That sure beats the alternative, which is what I was headed for had I not had the accident.  I look forward to whatever the Lord has in store for me this coming year.”

David Farber

Contributing Author in The Triumph Book: RAISING WHEELS

SOLI DEO GLORIA,,,To God alone the Glory


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