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A couple days ago I received some unsettling news.  I went to see an OT for an assessment to get a new seat cushion for my power chair.  I’m in my power chair fourteen to sixteen hours a day so having the right seat cushion is very important.  Because I am on employment assistance my wheelchair equipment is funded through the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.  

In regards to my power chair, I was eligible to get a new chair every five years however my OT informed me that this is not the case any longer.  Apparently the chair must have broken down a few times and repairs are no longer cost effective or until the power chair stops working.  I understand the rationale and it does make sense economically.  The principle is the same when you buy a car.  However people who drive have alternatives when the vehicle breaks down.  You can take public transportation, bike, walk or carpool.  I on the other hand don’t have the luxury of back up plans.  I do have a manual chair but it’s difficult for me to push around.  

So as you can imagine I felt extremely fragile and vulnerable.  The application process for a new power chair can take three to six months.  I no longer have that safety net or reassurance that I can get another power chair before my current one completely stops working.  It’s scary to be in such a vulnerable predicament.  I feel a bit powerless.

The reason why I’m sharing this is because we all at times are caught up in situations where we feel fragile and vulnerable and don’t have control over the situation.  We think our safety net is being taken away.  

On the contrary the more I thought about it I realized that my safety net is with God.  That I needed to have faith that He has a back up plan, that He will provide a way.  That I won’t be stranded.  

I think that’s what faith is about, trusting God with everything, believing He will provide.  

God is my safety net.


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