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"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalms 27:1). 

One morning a small boy living on a North Dakota farm awoke in great pain. Recognizing their son was deathly ill, his parents were greatly alarmed. They rushed him to the nearest hospital, 75 miles away, where they were told that his appendix had ruptured. Peritonitis had set in, and poison was spreading rapidly through his body. Doctors quickly inserted a tube into his side and siphoned away the deadly toxin. Feverish days turned into frightening weeks.

Miraculously, the boy survived. Through long months of isolation and recuperation in the family’s farmhouse, a conviction grew within the youth that God had spared him. “It seemed to me that God had given me a second chance at life, and I prayed for guidance to use my life in ways that would please Him most,” he would later write.


To pass the time, the boy began to play sounds on his father’s old accordion. The more he played, the more he enjoyed it. Had in not been for the terrible ordeal of a ruptured appendix, the boy probably would never have developed an interest in music. But he emerged from that experience with a deep faith in God and confidence in himself. Following his interest in the accordion, Lawrence Welk left his North Dakota farm and became a gifted musician and host of one of American television’s most popular programs.

Key to Welk’s success was the fact that he chose to face the light rather than curse the darkness. Scripture constantly reminds us not to adopt the “victim” posture in life. We are urged, when in the midst of adversity and difficulty, to maintain confidence that the clouds will lift, that the darkness will give way to the dawn, that the power of God is not limited. Notice these compelling biblical passages (all from the New International Version):

Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.”

Psalm 30:5: “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

Psalm 118:6: “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.”

Facing the light opens the windows of the soul, permitting the majestic grace of God to flow freely and creatively through our lives.

When darkness threatens to engulf you, partner with God and let His light shine.

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By Victor M. Parachin. Excerpted from Fit Forever, compiled by Kay Kuzma, copyright © 2005 by Review & Herald Publishing. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982 and the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

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