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You Are Indispensable! God Needs You

Published: 2021-07-24
Author: Marcy Hernandez | Contact: graciesplaceart.com

Synopsis: Marcy Hernandez, founder of Alpha Prayer International and Gracie's Place Art Studio and Design, writes regarding her life with polio and religion. Overnight, I was plunged into a world of uncertainty, change and doubt. My mom said that I had been cranky all day, crying about everything. Instantly, in the middle of the night, I became a child with Polio. Many unrelated catastrophic events took place throughout my life. The heartbreak of losing my dad and my husband to untimely deaths; an incident with a horse that almost cost me my life; and a near-death experience, all shaped my beliefs and values.

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Without warning, my whole life was about to change at the tender age of 3. My childhood had been near perfect up to that point. Birthday parties, cowgirl outfit, toys, friends, and a wonderful Cocker Spaniel named, Taffy.

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Overnight, I was plunged into a world of uncertainty, change and doubt. My mom said that I had been cranky all day, crying about everything. Instantly, in the middle of the night, I became a child with Polio. I was rushed to a hospital and kept in an isolation ward with other children who had it. The only way I could see my parents was through a glass window in the small room they moved me to later. They would wave at me through the glass. I was alone most of the time there, and on display through that glass 24 hours a day, to all the people walking down the hospital hallway.

Marcy Hernandez prior to being stricken with Polio, at 3 years of age.
Marcy Hernandez prior to being stricken with Polio, at 3 years of age.

When I was released, my dad worked with me to try and regain the muscle strength that had been affected primarily in my left leg. Despite the progress I had made, the hospital chastised my dad for trying this, saying that I was not strong enough. I then was fitted for a full leg brace, which caused my muscles to deteriorate even more from that point on. These events now had the power to shape the rest of my life...for good or bad.

The experience of being on display in the hospital, only became more defined as I grew up. It manifested in:

Many unrelated catastrophic events took place through the years of my life. The heartbreak of losing my dad and my husband to untimely deaths; an incident with a horse that almost cost me my life; and a near-death experience, all shaped my beliefs and values. Each one left me with the realization that I would never be the same after.

My journey was a hard one, but when I took the time later to examine it more closely, I could see the pattern of a common thread joining everything together. That thread was the hand of God. No matter what it seemed like at the time, He was with me, holding me close and helping me through it all.

As a result, I learned that we can either be bitter and unforgiving in life, or we can release it all to Him, to reach new levels of happiness and peace in our life, in spite of it. It's up to us. He never forces us to do anything. He has given us a free will. He only shows us where we are at and how much better things can be when we let go and let Him take the bitterness and unforgiveness from us. It is then, that we can see the good in what has happened...and the lighted open door ahead, waiting for us to enter and enjoy life to its fullest. He has a unique plan for each and every one of us, which only we can fulfill!

Marcy Hernandez is the Founder of:

Alpha Prayer International (https://www.alphaprayer.org)

Artist (Gracie's Place Art Studio & Design - https://www.graciesplaceart.com)

Author, and has worked as a professional in the Disability field for over 20 years.

Read more about Marcy's life and insights on life in her new book, INDISPENSABLE...God Needs YOU, on Amazon Kindle e-books (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B099R5RKL7/).

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Cite This Page (APA): Marcy Hernandez. (2021, July 24). You Are Indispensable! God Needs You. Disabled World. Retrieved January 20, 2022 from www.disabled-world.com/communication/religion/indispensable.php