Apostle Paul said he was given his handicap to keep him from getting a big head. He was reminded that he was not “all powerful” and that the Lord is the power train behind him.
I have a friend who has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis since a toddler. She’s many surgeries to keep her joints limber enough to function. Several years ago she chose to have her leg removed above the knee to help her with mobility. The knee took a hit from all the stress upon it and needed to be replaced. I am amazed at her tenacity. Even when she faces another trial, she doesn’t give up. It makes her stronger and more determined to succeed.
Fortunately, God gave my friend a good mind and a love for proclaiming the Word. At one point she applied for seminary to become a pastor, but was discouraged by the administration because her “disability.” Man couldn’t keep this faithful woman from preaching, teaching, and presenting all over the U.S. God is her strength in ministry.
When I complain about the sprain in my ankle or when my lower back arthritis flares, I need to refocus on the real problem—my lack of tenacity and to remember that a disability doesn’t mean giving up. Joy comes even through pain.
Lord, remind us we don’t have to give up when our bodies fail us. Amen.