Several years ago, a friend of mine informed me that she no longer considered herself a Christian. Despite her efforts to develop a relationship with Jesus, she was unable to feel any real connection and no longer believed that God was real. I don’t know why God has revealed Himself to some in real and lasting ways while others are left searching, but I believe that in all of us there is a God-shaped hole that can only be filled by His presence. And unless we find Him, there will never be any real and lasting satisfaction and contentment.

This book is a testimony of how God has worked in the events of my life and how He has helped me to overcome tragedy and adapt to the new lifestyle that came out of it. I am blessed to have experienced God’s presence in my life amidst my struggles, and through it all, I am convinced that God is real and in control of all things.

I do not believe that there is any such thing as coincidence. At the time God created the universe and everything in it, including the nature of time itself, He providentially knew each living thing intimately enough to know how it would respond to every imaginable combination of stimuli. Although interacting with and at times entering into His creation throughout history, God exists outside of time and space and can instantaneously see the entirety of His creation, including every event that has occurred in every place throughout all time. He can see the past, present, and future more clearly than we can see our current reality. He knows the thoughts and intentions of every heart and mind that He created, and understands how every possible decision and action would affect the world.

At the moment of creation, He knew every possible combination of the number of created beings, the place and time where each of these beings would exist, the natural phenomena that would exist at the time each would live, and the effect that the actions of each would have upon others. At that moment, He created the world according to His ultimate plan and purpose, intentionally choosing the place and time that each person would live. God granted individuals the freedom of choice to act according to each one’s volition, but knowing the outcome of all decisions and actions in advance and using those results according to His plan.

Nothing happens that God does not explicitly and purposely allow. I believe that He allows suffering and pain in the lives of individuals to make Himself known and reveal Himself to the world. The very presence of suffering is a consequence of sin, which God allowed to manifest itself as a result of giving people the freedom of choice. I believe that this world that we live in is only the beginning, that our present circumstances are only temporary, and that a greater, eternal reality is yet to come that will render all that we are living through as trivial.

I want to thank my parents, who helped me to recount the details of my early life and the events surrounding my accident. I also thank my wife for supporting me in this effort. I pray that you will enjoy reading my life story and that God’s blessing will be upon you in your life.

Chapter 1 – Developing Interest in Gymnastics