“I have been truly blessed in life and I look forward to what my future holds.”
The preceding sentence jumps out at this reader in the announcement that the 22-year old racer has MS. It’s not exactly the kind of thing you would expect to hear from a dynamic young man thrown a wicked curve ball by life.
Multiple sclerosis is a difficult disease to wrap one’s head around. Personally, this author has known all of two people afflicted with it, and is no wiser. That would be the part that would drive me crazy with it, the unknown. Nonetheless, Bayne places his complete trust in the God he serves “I will continue to trust God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.” It’s a matter of not knowing the future, but knowing the one who holds it.
Such news could deliver a sucker punch to one’s faith. Few would look cross eyed at a man who might opine was one football player once did, and say, I trust you, I praise you, I put my faith in you, and this is what I get in return? Unfortunately, some place their faith in God, expecting a primrose path that is anything but. How many people offer as their rationale for skepticism “How can there be a God with so much suffering in the world?”
One the other hand, there are countless stories of those who endure adversity. Some lose it all, and yet remain unshakable in their faith. It doesn’t mean Trevor Bayne won’t have difficult days; in fact, the truth is MS leads many a person with it to take their lives. Bayne will need the comfort offered by the Bible he believes in that he has “a future and a hope.”
Agen Bola – As Bayne tweeted his thanks for all the prayers and well wishes coming his way, Bayne added a Bible reference, James 1:2-4. It reads: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the trying of your faith produces patience. But let your patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
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Who knows where the road may lead? For now, Bayne reports he’s feeling great and his plans to win races and championships remain in tact. His boss, Jack Roush also remains supportive “. “I have full confidence in Trevor and his partners have all expressed that same confidence and support. As with all of our drivers, we look forward to standing behind Trevor and providing him with all of the tools he needs as he continues to develop in his young career.”
Speaking as one who shares Bayne’s Christian faith, one never knows what assignment God will give you. As I pray for Bayne, I pray his attitude and desire to live his life to the fullest- even with this condition- will serve as an inspiration,; not only to others who have MS, but also those seeking for something they can hold on to.
I know this is a NASCAR blog, not a devotional. Please consider a heart felt reaction to the news that one of this fan’s favorite drivers has been given a tough break. Right now, Bayne’s reaction to this diagnosis reminds me of the bigger picture, and to meet any challenge head on, armed with the belief good can come from it, and that this life on Earth is incredibly temporary compared to eternity. Cosmo Poker