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Topic: PUZZLE (11/24/16)
- TITLE: Puzzled
By LaVonne Wood
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The accident happened just a couple months before Duane’s 18th birthday. My three brothers were out duck hunting near a slough on our parents land. Two were on one side of the water and Duane on the other side. One shot up in the air at a duck, not expecting stray pellets to travel to the other side of the water as they fell. Most of the BBs just penetrated Duane’s skin giving him a little sting. Removing these pellets was easy. However, one small BB entered the blood stream at his neck and carried it to the middle of his brain.
Although brain surgery removed the pellet, Duane remained partially paralyzed for the rest of his life. Physical therapy helped him regain much use of his leg and arm and speech therapy helped bring back some of his speech. The damage done to a young man’s hopes and dreams was a different story. Anger over the loss of the life he had planned made living unbearable at times.
Through the years, our family tried to keep Duane occupied with things to do on the farm. With his one arm he could open gates, help feed cattle and various other chores. He has always been a hard worker in spite of his handicap. In addition, a tender heart made him want to help everyone in any way he could. Maybe because of the hurt he felt inside, he seemed always concerned about others and their needs.
During the winter months, we found activities for Duane to do inside. Puzzles’ became the latest craze. He has puzzles all over the house, some 500 pieces, and some 1000 pieces, some with pieces missing. Some he pasted on cardboard and hung on the walls. Others are stacked on tables in the basement. All were a source of enjoyment for him. The John Wayne puzzle was special because he had been one of his favorite actors for years.
I am puzzled Lord, how something like this could happen to a young man whom you love so much. It saddens me to think of the life he missed because of his handicap. Would he have done greater things for God if he were what we might call normal, or would he have served you at all? Could this tragedy be the very thing that caused him to accept you as Savior at an early age? Is it his love for Jesus that makes him care so much for others?
Only you know the answers to all these questions, Lord, and will reveal them in time. Meanwhile, I trust that you have Duane’s best interests at heart and will continue to love him through the hard times.
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