A Quick Healing After a Serious Skiing Injury
After a skiing accident, a quick healing happens the day before the author goes to the Junior Olympics.
When I was skiing competitively, I prayed all the time. As downhill skiing was my best race, I crashed a lot, but I was also healed very quickly every time by relying on insights from the Bible and God. One experience I had was after I had qualified for my fifth Junior Olympics. It was at the end of the season on the last training day before the Jr. Olympics. I was on a ski run where they had just had World Cup racing. There were tents, food, and lots of other things that were still getting cleared away. As I came down the hill, I skied over an area where tents had been. It was elevated, and there was a drop-off. I thought it would only be a few feet down, and I could land and keep going. But as I came to the edge, I looked down: there was a parked snow mobile with a steel sleigh on it. I couldn't jump over it, and I couldn't stop. I had no choice, so I landed on it. It was an awful crash. The person I was skiing with had gone on ahead, so I was just lying there for awhile until another skier came down. The ski patrol took me to first aid. I had a concussion and a lot of problems with my leg. My knee was swollen. It was looking pretty bad for me to go to the Jr. Olympics, and the coaches weren't sure they would even let me. In my family, we've turned to the Bible and to prayer for healing. My mom turned me to the story of creation in the first chapter of Genesis. One of the passages brought about the healing. It reads:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen. 1:26).
When we got to the part about man having dominion over "every creeping thing," we both commented that "creeping things" could include snowmobiles, and then we started laughing. That was the turn-around. The knee returned to normal, and the coaches cleared me for competition, to their surprise. I was able to get in the team van and travel 14 hours to Mammoth, California for the Jr. Olympics. In that series of races, I performed the best I had in any of my Jr. Olympic experiences. I came away with trophies in 3 out of 4 events, and it turned out to be the high point of my ski racing career.