“If you can?” Jesus asked. “All things are possible for the one who believes.”
– Mark 9:23, NIV
I wrote in an earlier post about my dream to walk with crutches at graduation instead of my walker. This verse came to mind last night, after a practice session didn’t go as well as I wanted it to. I felt like I couldn’t get my balance; I couldn’t figure out the right rhythm, and would’ve eaten our hardwood floors several times had my father not been right behind me. But I also felt…. fire.
Fire to keep going, keep practicing, and keep trying. Fire to keep fighting for my dream. Because I know I can do it. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be able to walk across the stage next May with my arms in crutches. I found myself thinking about what an amazing feeling that would be; I thought about how great it would be to show everyone that obstacles don’t have to limit you. I remembered how incredible it felt to stand with them on my own for the first time. I felt strong, I felt confident, and I felt like I had overcome my disability. In that moment, as I stood on my own with my crutches, I felt like I could do anything.
And as I lay in bed last night, the words of Mark 9:23 came to mind, as if He were telling me He thinks I can do it, too. It was a reminder that He’s right beside me, giving me strength and carrying me through this entire journey.
I can live this dream. I just have to believe.