Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.Psalm 40:5
Before July of 2014 I was a physically active, successful person. I could go on long bike rides or runs, play any sport with my children, take walks with my wife. I’d carry a heavy backpack of gear for family hiking trips. As a corporate real estate attorney, I relied on my mind to complete transactions worth millions of dollars. Annually, I directed a bike event for hundreds of riders and volunteers. Life in my mid-40s was characterized by freedom, confidence, and very little pain.
But all of that changed one day when I had a stroke that nearly took my life and left half of my body paralyzed and the other half diminished in function. My mind lost much of its speed and ability. I cannot drive, struggle to complete basic tasks, and live with a high degree of pain.
Yet through these losses, I have known the tender mercies of God. He has planned for His glory to shine through my family. The devotions that follow are written during a time of ongoing struggle and are meant to encourage you and me to trust God’s perfect plan.
Proverbs tells us that man makes plans in his heart, but the Lord’s ways triumph. Trust that He “works out everything for His own ends” (16:4).