Mountain climbing was a driving force in the life of Tim Hansel. On one of his expeditions he fell seventy feet and landed on his back and neck. The damage was severe. He fractured most of the vertebrae from his neck down his spine, crushed most of his discs, tore ligaments and broke many ribs. It was a miracle that he survived.
Following his accident, after surgery and many consultations, he was given less than an 8 percent chance that he would ever walk again. But he did not give up. He persevered and was able to walk, ride a bicycle and even play tennis. His experience with God in nature led him to found Summit Express, a unique ministry to provide encouragement to others.
Throughout the remaining years of his life, he was never free from pain. Once, in desperation, he prayed "Lord, I feel almost dismembered this morning from outrageous pain. Me with my desire to be agile and free am barely able to get out of my chair. Teach me to live in new ways, oh Lord. Teach me and show me Your ways in the midst of this."
What was his secret? He quoted Nehemiah 8:10, "The joy of the Lord is your strength."
Prayer: Lord, give us strength to overcome the trials of life through Your power and the hope we have in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”