When Danielle’s car hit a patch of black ice, it skidded into a ditch and flipped upside down. Though her hand had been crushed in the impact, she was able to console her two little girls and call for help. It was clear, however, that she would lose her hand. She later wrote, “We have a new norm here, and it unfolds daily.”

We all face “new norms” after tragedy hits. It could be the loss of a job, a lingering illness, an unwanted divorce, or the death of a loved one. Yes, life moves on, but no, it’s not the same. In today’s Scripture, Paul writes, “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on . . . to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (NIV). Moving forward in Christ and pursuing his will for each new day are new norms we can all embrace.

Joni Eareckson Tada is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center. Taken from A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada. Copyright © 2016 by Joni Eareckson Tada. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.