I have been in a wheelchair since 1999 due to a medical condition called Transverse Myelitis. My life as I knew it changed forever and I had to adapt to my life and surroundings as a person with a disability. This harsh reality set me on a path that nearly destroyed me. However, in the midst of some of my darkest days, I would hear my mom say, “Vahen, God loves you, and you are blessed and highly favored.” You can just imagine my harsh remarks and loud silence, as I tried to make sense of these words. BLESSED? FAVORED? Maybe at one time, BEFORE I messed up my life, but defiantly not now! Now, I felt abandoned by God, and wondered if I even had the capacity to love Him again, let alone gain His favor.
For the longest time, I doubted myself and my abilities. I may have portrayed confidence as I was trying to cope with my “new normal,” but I was insecure. The weight of my fears, insecurities and mistakes held me back. Finally, I reached a point of desperation! I had a choice to make, to surrender and give God my pain, or to be paralyzed with fear and remain STUCK!
Looking back on all that I’ve been through, I realized that God did not abandon me but rather he was directing my life and protecting me in ways I couldn’t see. Showing me, that even in His silence, He was speaking so very loudly. He was also speaking loudly to my praying mother. She later told me, that one day she cried out to God, asking Him if I would be ok. She said that God answered her by giving her this scripture in Songs of Solomon 8:5, “Who is this one? Look at her now! She arises out of her desert, clinging to her Beloved.” She instantly felt peace, as God was saying, “she’s going to be ok, trust me!”
When I finally cried out to God, I said, “God grip my heart, I NEVER want to doubt you again.” That was the FIRST step towards coming out of my desert, and it was the first step towards my freedom. I KNEW this was not going to be an easy road, and unless I was clinging to God for the strength I did not have in myself, it would be impossible.
Since God had enabled ME to break free of my desert, and live out my God given purpose, I knew it was possible for others. That’s when I felt God pushing me to write my book “Going Farther.” He said, Vahen, “You write your story and I will do the rest.” He showed me that by sharing my story it will empower others to face their fears, leave their deserts and walk in their freedom. God was showing me, that my courage was contagious.
God has birthed this passion in my heart to help others choose courage, and I have to walk through every door He opens to accomplish that which is why I felt compelled to launch this new segment called “Contagious Courage.” In these segments, I interview other people who have had to overcome major struggles in their life or are still walking through their struggles. But, the one thing my guests all have in common, they are choosing courage! My prayer, is that it will empower others to have courage, even when what’s ahead looks nothing like what they had planned. I felt God saying, “Vahen, courage IS contagious! Share it!”
Vahen King is an author, speaker, life coach, and ordained minister, but states, that her platform for ministry is everywhere she sets her foot. Being crowned the first ever Miss wheelchair Canada in 2017, she sees that in ways she never had before. However, Vahen is just a normal girl walking in obedience with her heavenly father the best she knows how. She feels that all the events in our lives —both good and bad— give us amazing opportunities to prove God’s awesome power and faithfulness in our lives. Vahen believes that God has called her to help others walk in obedience with Him, even when what’s ahead looks nothing like what they had planned. Vahen currently lives with her husband Vaughan, in Edmonton, Alberta, and considers it a true honor and privilege to share her story with so many.
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