Chris and Christa Corsi
If we could, from the day they were born, we would chart out our child’s life for success.
Have them potty train before two. Learn to read by three. Taking AP classes in middle school.
Of course, directing every step for them is impossible.
Today, I’m praying for a friend who is facing this reality.
This weekend, after a day of ice skating with his friends, Chris went for a swim that ended in tragedy. After hitting his head on the bottom of the pool, he was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He fractured his c6 vertebrae and injured his c5 & c7. Today, he is fighting to regain his ability to walk.
None of us know what tomorrow holds for our child. Though we may try to make everything as smooth as possible, that is not the reality of how life really is.
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Jesus made sure His disciples knew before He left the earth – tough stuff is around the corner! You will have trouble. But, He didn’t just leave them with the bad news. Find peace in Me. Put your hope in Me…no matter what.
As parents, Jesus hasn’t told us to give our kids the perfect life, to take out the rough places and make sure they have a good time. In fact, when we constantly shield them from pain, we are quite likely doing them a disservice.
Our child might not face their toughest struggle when they leave home or get out of college. Like Chris, our child’s trouble might take place today or tomorrow. How can we prepare them for trouble, whenever that might come?
Take a moment today, to share with your child one of your struggles and how you overcame or work at overcoming it each day. Share John 16:33 with them; loving letting them know life will be hard, but they will not be alone.
And will you please say a pray for Chris today? The next 24 hours are critical. He and his family need a miracle.