We live in a world built on materialism and looking up to the celebrity who appears to have it all – good looks, no wrinkles, and a skinny waist line. We spend a life time trying to achieve the impossible – being what we are not. From time to time an inspirational story will surface that will win the hearts of its readers, and I would like to share one with you.
In 2008, Dallas Wiens, a Texas construction worker, now 25 years old, was critically burned in a high-voltage power line accident. The accident horribly disfigured his face and left him blind. At the time of the accident, Dallas did not have any insurance. He was working as a day laborer for an independent contractor. His family hoped, prayed, and worked along Dallas to find provision for his costly facial restoration and mounting medical needs.
Last week the family’s prayers were answered as Dallas underwent the first full face transplant in the US. It was a 15 hour long procedure restoring his nose, lips, skin, and muscles. The operation was paid for by the US military which wants to use what it has learned to help soldiers with severe facial wounds. As of yesterday he was listed in good condition at the Boston hospital where the procedure took place.
Dallas Wiens said that when the accident happened that “he could choose to get bitter or he could choose to get better. His choice was to get better.” His 3 year old daughter Scarlette, and his faith is what kept him motivated through the whole process. He wanted to “smile again and feel kisses from his daughter”, was one of the main reasons why he wanted to get the operation.
His daughter said, `Daddy has a boo boo, but God and the doctors are making Daddy’s boo boo all better.'”
Dallas said about his daughter, “She doesn’t care and she never has since day one that I was disfigured.”
Though the transplant will not be able to restore his sight, and some nerves were so badly damaged from the injury, he will probably have only partial sensation on his left cheek and left forehead.
In the world that we live in we tend to take things for granted. When we want more out of life, we tend to miss out on the things that we already have.
When was the last time that you truly took in the moment of a precious hug or a kiss from a loved one?
The Bible says in 1 Timothy 1:5 – “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
When his feeling is finally restored in his face, whether it is only a probable partial sensation or full, the moment Scarlette “gives him kisses” and he can “feel” them, will anything else matter to him? The sincere faith that kept him going from the accident was built around love, a pure heart, a good conscience, and indeed a sincere faith.
If this accident would have happened to you, would have you chose to get bitter or better?
As faith in God got Dallas through this experience and prayers were answered, it should make you look at your own situation and what kind of trials and tribulations you are going through. Do you have the strength, purpose, and hope as Dallas and his family has had?
If not, you can ask for the faith that you need to get through any situation – It is only a “knee mail” away. There is always an answer to a prayer – it is either yes, no, or wait.
Thank you Dallas for showing us the true passion of what life is about. A hug and a kiss from our children will mean a lot more to many people now.
To find out more about Dallas Wiens please check out his website at: http://dallaswiens.com/
on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Dallas-Wiens/155137354524663