One "film" I saw during my teenage years was a true, yet dramatic incident that occurred in the life of Joni Eareckson Tada. Being from the east coast it resonated with those in our area. When she was just 17 years old, Joni dove into a shallow portion of the Chesapeake Bay striking the bottom in such a way that she became paralyzed from her shoulders down. It was a terrible calamity. The film made about her life displayed the emotions she went through during that time; emotions that could have driven her far from God. Instead, she eventually turned everything over to God and He has used this tragedy for His glory.
Forty-five years after that accident in 1967, Joni says that “she has learned things about God and His purposes which are so satisfying and so pleasurable, that she wouldn’t trade her wheelchair for anything!” Life isn’t easy for a quadriplegic, but Joni is victorious in this life. She herself wonders many times how she will make it through yet another day. She wakes up thinking, “God I have no strength for this. I can’t face this ... but You do, God. You have strength. You have resources. Can I please borrow Yours?”* Joni’s tragedy, rather than causing her to sulk in depression, has taught her that real life depends on God.