“I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.”
In almost 20 years of teaching preschool, I have worked with a lot of children who have disabilities. They are very special people who can teach us a lot if we let them.
One of the things that has always amazed me about young children with disabilities is that they don’t allow their disabilities to keep them from doing what they are able and many are able to eventually learn to do those things that they weren’t able to do.
Take the story of Nick* for example. I was one of Nick’s teachers at a child care center for that specialized in caring for children with special & medical needs. Nick is one of those children whose smile can light up the world. He is bright and outgoing. He loves people, but Nick is trapped in a body that doesn’t work the way our bodies were designed to. When I first met Nick, he couldn’t speak because of a trach. Today the trach is out, and he is learning to speak. Nick has also had a feeding tube because he was not able to swallow food. Today he is eating. Nick is in a wheelchair, but almost every day his mom posts that he is getting stronger and starting to walk some. Nick has never let his disabilities hold him back from doing what he is able to do. In his disabilities, he actually finds his strength.
Each of us has a disability of some type or rather an inability of some type. We all have weaknesses that seem difficult to overcome, but do you know the amazing thing about those weaknesses?
It is in our weaknesses that God is truly glorified.
It sounds strange, doesn’t it? How can God be glorified in our weakness?
God is glorified in our weakness because it is through His strength that we are able to overcome.
We fall down. He picks us up.
Every time we fall He picks us up.
There are so many reasons to be thankful for our own disabilities, but the most important is that they glorify God.
Make a list of strengths. Then make a list of your weaknesses. Write a prayer thanking the Lord for both.
Write about a time when the Lord used your weaknesses for His glory.