For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. John 5:20
Last night, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords slowly entered the chambers under her own power to claim her seat one final time in the House of Representatives. Just over a year ago, January 8, 2011, this same woman was facing death straight in the face after a gunman open fire on a crowd, which snuffed out five lives: one federal judge, a nine year old girl and that bullet which struck Gabby in the head at close range. Ms. Giffords also announced she was relinquishing her Arizona seat to dedicate full time toward rehabilitation and therapy. Gabby has beat the odds, all while baffling doctors and other specialist as to how someone can recover so well after suffering brain injury and in all practical purposes picked up life where she left off.
I don’t know if Giffords is a believer in the faith or Jesus Christ, nevertheless I do sense people worldwide prayed for her recovery which ushered the Spirit of God to begin the healing process. This brave heart of a woman and her phenomenal recovery, once again, made me raise the question “is such phenomena’s like this luck or divine intervention?” Is it a coincidence, that Gabrielle survived or was it something short of a miracle? Does society chalk this up as another spectacular incident which is unexplainable by the laws of nature; question whether this act was of God or another fluke? I am a firm believer there is power in prayer and Gabrielle Giffords is a living witness anything is possible with God. This modern day example of a Miracle in Arizona should stand as proof that God provides observable wonders for all to see no different from the parting of the Red Sea.
Ms. Gillfords has demonstrated tenacity, a willingness to fight through grueling and painful therapy all with a smile on her face. Her recovery has not been easy just as our faith journey with Christ is no leisurely walk in the park. There will be trials, tribulations, and mountains to climb, events which seem endless and painful. Yet, in the darkest hour of one’s struggle is usually the day joy will come. Recall Christ’s words, faith with out works is dead so, the next time you feel that your burdens are too heavy and you want to give up, remember Gabrielle Giffords, despite all the odds for some reason this lady persevered, never gave up exemplifying the true essence of faith. Because of her confidence, will and determination she has received the greatest gift of all the miracle of life.