I Quit Focusing on the Handicap and Began Appreciating the Gift.

A young child lays quietly in his bed, the darkness is overwhelming, creatures lurking in every corner, heavy silence, imagined sounds moving closer. The child is ready to run  down the hall for comfort to mommy and daddy but as he turns on the light, he sees only the truth….nothing but his stuffed animals and clothes hanging in the closet. Nothing to bring him fear.

It’s difficult to see the blessing in the trials of life. It’s difficult to see clearly at all some times. Or is it? Is it that we are choosing to focus our eyes on the wrong circumstance, the wrong person, everything wrong or can we choose to focus on Him and let Him bring life and light into our circumstances and bring proper perspective?

I have been experiencing neuropathy (dysfunction of one or more of my nerves) and it has been effecting most of my left side for a few weeks now. As I get closer to my menstrual cycle the numbness has been moving up my body. It is now causing a great heaviness on my rib area. While I focus on it, it becomes hard to breathe. Even as I type my chest feels heavier and constricted but when I choose to focus on the Lord, stay busy with my children, play with them, walk with them, anything else but focus on this major annoyance I breathe fine! I have to be purposeful to keep my mental vision on better things and most importantly on heaven and God’s beautiful picture for my life.

I believe in God’s present desire to heal and His ability to heal. I have asked the Lord to miraculously heal me and I will continue to do so believing He will if it is His will. I also believe in the process of healing and the gift of natural healing. I believe God gave our bodies the ability to heal. (I’ll have to share more on that later. If you want more information now you can go to http://www.hacres.com  or http://www.forksoverknives.com.) I believe that God allowed many people to experience disease, thorns in the flesh or whatever name you want to call it for the glory of God. The man blind at birth (John 9) was blind that the works of God would be made manifest in him. I’m sure his parents were devastated by this diagnosis of their newborn baby! And yet, they couldn’t ever have imagined the glorious story written and the innumerable amount of people who would hear of and eventually read of their son and his healing! What testimony! What glory to God! Our view is so dim when we focus on the wrong thing.

Ponder Paul’s words with me from the Message bible,
“Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations that cut me down to size-abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” 

Dear friends, I encourage you to ask God for healing of whatever “handicap” or trial you are facing. Ask Him for that thing you need (I’ve seen Him provide cars, washing machines, microwaves, jobs, rain when rain wasn’t predicted, family members and friends saved etc) Believe that He can and will! Thank Him for His plan for your life and those around you and trust His faithfulness in the midst. Know that no matter the darkness you are walking in, He will carry you. He will be your strength. Let go of your own expectations, plans, everything and let the Lord give you new plans, new expectations and visions. Let Him show you how truly amazing He is! He will! He will blow your socks off and the glory that He will reveal in you will be unimaginable!!!

3 thoughts on “I Quit Focusing on the Handicap and Began Appreciating the Gift.

  1. Just what a need to hear when God needed me to hear it. Thank you for sharing your journey with us! Love you!!!! XOXO

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