Yesterday, Sandra, Jenny, and I had the privilege of attending Joni and Friends’ 35th Anniversary at the International Disability Center (IDC). It was a very special time engaging and celebrating God’s amazing work with our dear friends at JAF. (Here’s a link to the Ventura County Star newspaper story.)
But there was another reason that this was a special occasion. Yesterday was the 47th anniversary of Joni’s diving accident at Chesapeake Bay. In speaking with JAF President, Doug Mazza, he told us that when he prayed privately with Joni for the event yesterday morning, in her prayer she prayed something like, “There were three other places I could’ve gone that day, but I went to the beach. Thank you, Lord, that you had me choose the beach.” Through the years, she has run through the “what if” scenarios in her mind. But she has arrived at the realization in her heart and soul that the beach was the best scenario, not only because of the priceless relationship she now shares with Jesus, but because of how He has used her life to be a springboard of hope in Him for hundreds of thousands of families affected by disability.
In the spirit of our “Offerings” showcase tomorrow night at TD, I’d like to share with you some exclusive video from the event that you won’t find anywhere, where Joni gives us spiritual nourishment through an art lesson. Enjoy these short videos; and as you do, would you join me in resolving to let God be God in our lives? He really does know what He’s doing. – Arthur
Joni’s Art Introduction on the 47th Anniversary of Her Accident:
Joni on Painting Light and Being Light:
Joni and the Knife of God’s Word: