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Taylor G. Peterson

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For as long as I can remember, Jesus has been intertwined in my life, for I grew up in a home based on Christian foundations. Born two months premature, there came the sounds of a roaring engine, breaking through the silence of the early morning sky. I was quickly transported in a transport-isolette, via life-flight hours away from my home to a neonatal intensive care hospital. This is where my journey began…

 

Surrounded by the support, love, and continual prayers of my family and close friends, I grew up completely unaware of my differences. I was always told that I was a blessing from God and that his joy resonated within me.

 

At age 2, when I was still unable to walk independently, I was given the diagnosis of cerebral palsy by a team of doctors. CP is a neurological, physical disability that affects movement, muscle tone, and posture, typically caused by a brain injury at birth. Although I was conscious of my stiff muscle tone in my legs, my inability to walk independently and stand and balance, I still did not let these obstacles keep me down or from enjoying my life and sharing time with my friends.

 

I do remember the countless doctor and specialist appointments, the ongoing physical therapy sessions, and the adaptive equipment, like my leg braces; that I used in order to be mobile.

 

But again, I did not see my affliction as a burden, until the day my same friends that I grew up playing with started making fun and pointing out my differences. I did not understand why all of the sudden my differences were separating me from my peers. It was at this point that I began to realize that my body was different than my friends, and I was no longer accepted for who I was.

 

My family continually reminded me that my Creator fashioned me exactly the way he planned and that he deeply loved me for exactly who I was, even in my broken state. I then realized I needed to fill the empty void of rejection with my creator so I made it a personal commitment to not just know about Jesus but to know him personally!

 

So at age seven, I accepted Jesus Christ, placing all my faith in him, and was water baptized. This was the beginning of my deep understanding of God’s sovereignty over my disability of CP and how it is for His glory and my good! As a result, I began to trust Him and to know that his purposes are good all the time. I now have hope in my suffering because of the Holy Spirit inside of me!

 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 reads, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

 

This truth has literally changed my life because no matter what challenges I have faced in my life, my hope is in Him, not my circumstances. Jesus is everything I need! He has carried me through pain and joy all for His cause. I am willing to walk out my calling on this earth, under the affliction I bear, all for the purpose of advancing His Kingdom!

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in my beginning

A roaring engine broke the silence
But why would it be on that day
I was taken far from my essence
For my journey unfolded that way
Wondering where I was being taken
It seemed so far away
My world felt so ever shaken
While there were no words to say
Surrounded by continual support and love
As I navigated the uncharted waters
Always feeling his presence above
And catching me whenever I faltered
I do not feel I have an affliction
Nor a burden, distress, or chance
For my life is truly a depiction
Of hope in him, not circumstance

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