Last week, I had the chance to visit my friend Kyle Grant in San Diego. After a spinal cord injury, Kyle and his family decided to relocate to California for a few months to work with Project Walk, a research firm and paralysis recovery center that boasts aggressive rehab programs. The physical therapy that he’s pursuing there is instrumental to his progress.
This man is a breath of fresh air to me. I can’t think of another man whose transparency, humility, determination and love for the Lord inspires me the way his does. I’m truly grateful for the way he’s touched my life and the lives of so many others.
Kyle clings to hope. Kyle doesn’t quit. Kyle reminds me of two verses in particular, two verses that show his character and his intensity in pursuing Christ.
“Shall we accept only good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2:10
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Kyle and his wife inspired a song on our album called “It Will Be Ok.” And it will.
I’m proud to know this man. Even prouder to call him my friend. Here’s a brief excerpt from his thoughts. Read it carefully and then go to the Lord in thanksgiving.
“The blessing is not contingent upon the outcome.
I have healed and progressed further in 7 months than anyone would have ever imagined. I hear it all the time that I am so blessed for this healing. I don’t disagree necesarrily… but what about the people that pray fervently and whose prayers go unanswered?
In 2004 I prayed for God to take away the cancer from my mother. He did not. I have come to know others with spinal cord injuries who have regained no feeling or movement back below their injury. I have seen young families lose a mom, a dad, a child.
That’s not easy to grasp why God would allow something bad to happen to a good person. It’s not easy to ask for something over and over and hear silence.
I believe the blessing is a greater knowledge of our creator and of ourselves during these times that bring us to our knees. A way to see our purpose a little more clearly and to connect to God closer than before. To know that we need Him.
So whether I walk again unassisted or not I am blessed. I know my God more personally than before my accident. I see my purpose with better clarity than before. I have probably made a bigger impact for the kingdom over the last 7 months than the prior 33 years. I am an instrument and I am willing to be used as such and therefore I am blessed.
The blessing (and my worship of Him) is not contingent upon the outcome.”