Is it hard for you to imagine a time when there’s no pain or disability but pure joy, peace and an unending season of ability? Joni Eareckson Tada shared her vision of what it may be like when her paralyzed, wheelchair bound body is freed so she can dance for joy with Jesus. She shared admitting to Jesus that her disability (40+ years in that wheelchair!) made possible her ministry to the disabled. She shared her passion for her calling, which is to provide wheelchairs to make lives freely mobile and to provide bibles to present the freedom that is in Christ to those who can move very well physically. We long to be there to cheer her on when her new mobile body picks up that wheelchair and throws it far from her!
While you’re busy being and doing what God has for you now, we pray that you embrace your own vision of that sweet, future victory over disability when God makes all things new for you, too!
Encouraging Scripture: Revelation 21:4 & 5a
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new”.
Father God, thanks for being there for me always. I depend on You so totally. Please continue to be with me and equip me for the things You have for me to be and do. May You help me to embrace Your promise of healing, of freedom from disability, if not now, whenever it’s in Your plans and purpose for my life. Help me to bear my disability with grace and peace, and may Your love make me emotionally and spiritually whole. May You use me as You see fit when ever the need arises. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Have you asked God to give you a passion to serve those who are disabled like you are?
2. Have there been times when you’ve done things you thought you couldn’t do because of your disability? Did you ask God for help?
3. How can you be love to those God sends across your path? Has living with your disability grown your patience and compassion?
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