When you’ve suffered a life-altering event, nothing feels the same. At first, you desperately want things to get back to “normal.” You want to feel good again and be able to do all the things you did before. You want your body to respond when you raise your arm or move your foot. You want your eyes to focus when you read and your mind to cooperate when you speak. For a while, these things just don’t happen and it is both scary and heartbreaking.
I am sure I’m not the only one who wished I could just get my old life back after my stroke experience. I didn’t want to go to therapy several times a week, or have to think hard simply to put a forkful of food to my mouth. I just wanted all of that to go away.
Fortunately for me, God had another idea. He had a new plan for my life. Maybe you remember when you first accepted Christ into your life. You were amazed at how good you felt. You knew that you were very different inside and even though people might imagine you were the same old you on the outside, it wasn’t true. Nothing about you was the same. Jesus made a difference in your life from the inside out.
An illness can do the same thing. It can cause you to act and think and even look a little bit different than you once did. It can make you to respond to life in new ways. Sometimes you adjust for shortcomings you didn’t have before, and other times you applaud the strength you never knew was there. You adapt to a new norm. When nothing feels the same for you, remember this one thing. God sees you and knows exactly what you feel and He’s right there beside you. He’s ready to offer you a new norm that will keep you walking with Jesus every day. Your new norm will inspire everyone around you even if nothing feels the same.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT