Playing the cards you’re dealt

Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. Ecc. 9:11

The hand Hunter Treschl was playing took a turn when a shark bit off his arm on Monday. His response: choose to “live a normal life with the cards I’ve been dealt.” To accept that challenge and be ready to move forward is an impressive next-day response to a life-changing setback. Now one of Hunter’s cards has unique teeth marks and it will stay in his hand until the game is over. At some point every person’s hand will contain bad cards, cards that we didn’t see coming, didn’t deserve, and couldn’t control. That is a normal life.

Lord, help me accept the cards I’m dealt and play them out with grace and trust in Your goodness and goodwill.