Dear Brain Injury,
Do you remember when we first met on May 3rd, 2012?
Actually, I can’t recall much of that day at all! But I know that's when you met my wife and two kids, as well as many of my other friends and family. I actually didn't meet you until a few weeks later.
At first, I really didn't understand who you were. I certainly didn't realize how much you were going to change my life. But you changed everything about me. I mean, there are many days I have a hard time even recognizing who I've become.
Now, please don't get me wrong. I'm grateful to be doing as well as I am. I know you have left so many others far worse off than me. But I was really hoping that one day we'd be able to go our separate ways.
However, as I was sitting here writing you this “goodbye” letter, I realized that you aren't going anywhere and are probably here to stay! So I guess I better start getting used to having you around!
I know there's still going to be many days where I’ll get tired of dealing with you. I'll just want you to leave. I’ll probably even tell you that quite often. But I'm going to try my very best to make you feel more welcome. Because you know what, and I know it's going to sound absolutely crazy for me to say this, I'm starting to think you might’ve changed my life for the better.
You see, before I met you, I really thought I was something. I felt like I had a good handle on my life and could handle most of the things thrown my way by myself. But after you showed up, it was a much different story. I couldn't do it all anymore and I had to start getting help from so many other people.
Most importantly, it wasn't until after we met that I finally understood how much I needed the help of Jesus. I started to see him for who he truly is and came to realize who I was not.
You see, I'd spent most my life so busy trying to please God and earn my salvation with all my "good" behavior. But I finally began to understand that I can never do enough and that Jesus has already done it all for me, that He’s all I need.
So, brain injury, I know we got off to a rough start and there's no doubt you've forever changed me in more ways than I count. But now I'm actually glad we had the chance to meet. Because I believe you were what led me to the real Jesus and finding Him has changed me in more ways than you ever could have!
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."