Over the past two days, Rutgers’ LB Eric LeGrand has made a tour of the ESPN studios and Praise God, he is making an outstanding recovery. On October 16th, 2010, LeGrand suffered an awful collision against Army that affected his spinal cord and made him paralyzed. He has received a ton of support from the Scarlet Knight community.
Recently, LeGrand has been standing on his own for periods of seven minutes, eight minutes, and forty minutes. He has kept a positive attitude all throughout his rehab, even telling his mom when he gained back consciousness that he was going to be okay. It’s amazing that he still keeps the same mindset in his rehab and is defying all the prognosis that the doctors placed on him. Now, he is even shaking his upper body and shoulders.
We always take running for granted, but when I watched LeGrand on ESPN on Thursday, running was the thing he was interested in doing again, thinking about his Rutgers’ teammates who had just started camp for the 2011 season. Even if he can’t play football, the linebacker hopes to be doing some analytical work on SNY for some Big East football this year.
This story is a inspiration to everyone, and it’s a reminder that when we think the Lord is against us when we are sick, He is still a loving God who takes care of us. Yesterday, I got a verse sent it on Twitter from my friend Damon Jackson. It was Malachi 3:6, which reads “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Despite all the wrong things that the peoples of Israel and Judah were doing against God, the Lord would bring them into captivity, but He would restore them once again.
Even in the Book of Job, Job shows that he looks to the Lord as a healing God. “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.” (Job 5:17-18) This verse shows that the Lord does give discipline, but He is still a loving God and He is a healer! He can take a doctor’s grim prognosis and all of a sudden defy the odds and heal His children.
Today, I exhort you to keep the faith strong, even when you or a loved one does have the unfortunate circumstance of lacking good health. Jesus would always tell who He healed in the Gospels to rise up because their FAITH made them well. Look to the Lord because He gives you the strength to press on and keep going when people say you can’t keep going anymore. Also, pray that Mr. Legrand has a speedy recovery and is back to doing what he loves.