Physical strength and readiness… Staying healthy and honoring the body God have you. Allowing HIM to use you in HIS works, right?… Imagine the questions that crossed my mind… Especially as HIS faithful servant, that is now sidelined with a physical affliction or disability?
The answers... smacked me in the face as I read about Paul...
Paul’s physical issues plays out in 2nd Corinthians as he pleaded with God on multiple occasions to rescue him from it. He, just as I, felt that this issue reduced his ability to fully serve God. He and I…and maybe even you could not be more further from the truth.
“Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
As I reflect, three lessons come to mind when facing my disability day to day.
HE sometimes allows a “season of pain” so that you can remain humble and maintain the opportunity for you to continue to seek HIM. We tend to forget our struggle as soon as things get better, in turn forgetting the blessing HE provided.
talk to HIM in the times you are hurt. HE will show you that HIS glory and grace is undoubtedly more important than a minor season of uncomfortableness.
HE can use your physical weakness to show off HIS mighty power. Your disability will challenge you, but when you meet those challenges together... Not only will your confidence rise, those around you will see and also be elevated.
Your disability is as an opportunity that God granted to you specifically. An opportunity for you to be closer to HIM and show off HIS power. Regardless of you current physical health or strength, God CAN use ALL OF US.