Life’s ups and downs

During the last eleven days of Paralympic competition we have marvelled at the triumphs and achievements of disabled athletes. Yesterday, before the closing ceremony, I met with a visually impaired friend who has a great sense of humour, and who is into sport in a big way, football in fact … as a spectator. So much so he has even been featured on television. Then last summer I had the pleasure of spending two weeks with another visually impaired friend, who again was always joking, and indeed in this short (1 min. 26 sec.) video it is the visually impaired person (or stunt man), who is the star. The joke is on the hapless members of the public, who have innocently agreed to help, but who are at loss to manage a situation that is rapidly getting out of control.

Both the blind man and the members of the public are getting carried along by events. The blind man is confident because he has total trust in the crane driver who is raising and lowering the platforms. The members of the public, on the other hand, can see things happening and are alarmed because they don’t realise that somebody else is in control.

Our lives do have their ups and downs, and we sometimes forget that we have a loving Creator, but we can remain calm when we commit each situation to Him, knowing that His eye is upon us and His invisible hand will guide our way. King Solomon once wrote: “Trust in God with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Seek his will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) No matter how good or bad the situation, God is watching over us to guide us and to help us through.

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