Seniors from Adair County High heard a message of perseverance, overcoming obstacles and God’s love from teacher Michael Godsey during graduation ceremonies Friday night.
Godsey, who suffered critical injuries after being hit by a car while riding a bicycle in March 2015, taught many of the students who make up the Class of 2016.
Godsey doesn’t remember the first several months following the accident, but he has been told about the support shown from the community.
“So many of you came here and prayed for me. You came to church buildings and prayed. You came home and prayed,” he said. “I appreciate it so much.”
Godsey’s prognosis was not good and “every surgery was a question mark,” he told graduates.
“My brain wasn’t functioning correctly,” he added.
After he became more aware of what was happening, a friend asked him how he survived, why he didn’t die.
“That left me with a lot of questions,” he said. “I talked to God for a long time.”
Godsey said he soon realized that some things are bigger than anything we can control.
“God save me,” he said.
While there were comments that Godsey was strong and that attributed to his survival, he does not give himself any credit.
“I was out of it most of the time. The only reason I survive is because God saved me,” he said.
He wanted students to know that the future holds a lot of unknowns, but there is something they can always be sure of.
“You have so much promise from God,” he said. “You have a purpose. You have a life. You are God’s child. And I pray for you…I am so proud of you guys…I love you guys so much.”
A total of 199 students make up the class of 2016.
By Sharon Burton