In 2015, Marvel Studios came out with Daredevil, a series based on the old comic book. As much as I would encourage myself and anyone else not to waste time on Netflix, I'll be honest and admit that I watched every episode.
Daredevil is about a boy named Matt who goes blind in an accident. The twist is that when he goes blind, his other senses are heightened. The situation goes from bad to worse as his dad is killed by criminals. With his mother absent, he is left to face life all alone.
Matt ends up meeting a blind man who pulls him out of his self-pity party and trains him to be some kind of martial arts warrior. Long story short, as a man, Matt becomes a crime-fighting vigilante.
Remember, Matt is blind. However, his other senses are elevated. He can't see his enemies, but he can hear their heart beats increasing and know that they are about to pull the trigger. He can hear swords cutting through the air and dodge them before being struck.
Someone could look at Matt and feel sorry for him, seeing nothing but a blind orphan boy. It turns out, though, Matt's accident is the very thing that gave him his unique abilities. Matt's father's murder gave Matt a deep desire to fight crime. Matt's difficult situation is the very thing that turned him into the Daredevil. His trials led him to his purpose.
I am no superhero. Being diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia hasn't given me some other special physical ability. I do, however, feel a deep connection to the Daredevil story.
When Matt's sight was taken away, he was given other ways to see. As my physical abilities are being taken from me, I am seeing the futility of putting my hope in this world and it's pleasures. I am gaining a new way to see.
Just how Matt's father's murder by criminals gave him a desire to fight crime, the pain I have felt has given me a desire to encourage others who face the same type of pain.
What about you?
What have you gone through? What situation have you endured? Through what pain have you persevered?
Has it caused you to feel sorry for yourself? To give up hope? To be bitter?
If so, who can blame you?
If so, I feel for you.
But don't stop there.
I believe that our trials are often the breadcrumbs on our path that guide us home to our purpose. God has a purpose for you.
There are millions of stories of people that have turned their trials into something beautiful and inspirational. We can read them. We can watch them. We can talk about them. But, most importantly, we can BE one of them.
Keep on fighting.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
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