Lately I have been contemplating my spiritual journey up to this point in my life and also considering others who are in similar situations as I am. What I have found concerns me and should be considered by many churches as an area they need to improve upon.
What I’ve found was that many churches view the disabled community as a portion of society who desperately needs to be ministered to or healed while virtually completely ignoring the possibility of a person with a disability being an active participant in the work a church is doing in other areas. While I do acknowledge that many people with a disability seek healing and help, there are others who are like me who choose to use their disability as a teaching point to bring others closer to Christ.
I firmly believe God had a purpose in giving me Spina Bifida and that purpose was never to make me a chronically depressed or angry person. God gave me Spina Bifida in order for me to reach people in a unique way who are in unique situations. I would not have this great opportunity had I not been born with a disability.
People with disabilities have the opportunity to show God’s watchful hand of guidance manifested in their lives. Personally I can tell you story after story of God’s protection over me throughout my life. It is that story that I wish to tell over and over again with the hope that people will hear it and love God deeper.
But unfortunately many of these stories go untold because churches are afraid to embrace people who are dramatically different than they are. Until we as the body of Christ followers can overcome this fear of differences The Church will miss out on great opportunities to reach those who need Christ daily.
Have a blessed day.
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”