Stubborn Facts

Rich Dixon continues thinking about his place by the river.. 

In 1987 a doctor explained the consequences of my accident.

Lots of medical details, but the evidence was simple and devastating – spinal cord injury and permanent paralysis below my chest. I listened carefully and replied, “No.”

I wanted my normal life back. I didn’t want to be a quadriplegic stuck in a wheelchair, so I got angry and basically threw a 10-year temper tantrum. Of course, my denial only made things worse.

Facts are stubborn things.

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Sometimes we don’t get the answer we want. We complain about how it’s unfair, and maybe we’re right. We lament that it’s not out fault, wish someone had done something differently and this whole mess would have been avoided, and maybe we’re right. We demand a return to normal – whatever that means – and scream about how much it would be better if this just disappeared, and maybe we’re right.

Facts are stubborn things. Sometimes the evidence says “normal” isn’t an option and there’s simply not a comfortable path forward.

I Met God By The River toward the conclusion of my 10-year dispute with reality. As I unleashed my resentment and frustration, Jesus showed me that the river knows its path. He reminded me that He knows what He’s doing, that He holds me safely in His hands, in bigger ways than I can understand.

I fret over immediate circumstances. He points to a way and a truth that flows from, and beyond, my understanding.

Jesus showed me truth that transcends facts.

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Lots of us aren’t happy with the answers we’re getting right now. We don’t like those stubborn facts. We’re sure it would be better if things just got back to normal.

Jesus invites us to talk to Him about our worries and fears. And He asks us to trust Him.

He still knows what He’s doing.