What We’re Here For: Reflections on Being Differently Abled

If you asked me what my favorite attribute of God is, it would be a tossup between His infinite power to do Good {even through the most grievous circumstances} and His intentionality when it comes to crafting the narratives of our lives. It has been a great comfort to know that not breath is expelled from lungs nor a hair falls from my head without His Seal of Approval. The Lord personally brings about an abundance or dearth in our lives. The Bible promises that every good gift we are given is from above (James 1:17 NIV). And when we ask for bread, He will never give us stones (Luke 11:11 NIV). Romans 8:28-29 reminds us that all things work together for our good to conform us to the image of Christ. This past week was the last large group of the semester for RUF @ Penn State, and one of the last verses of Genesis echoes that sentiment. As the campus minister pointed out, both the brothers and the Lord meant for what happened in Joseph’s life to occur. The world of difference was in the motives behind the plans.

If we are going to take Our Heavenly Father at His Unfailing Word, dear readers, we must receive it in its entirety. Every blessing is personally delivered from the Hand of the Lord. And yet, we must also remember that this same God makes the following promise.

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And what is this new something that He is speaking of? Ultimately, it is the stainless garment of our eternal body which 2 Corinthians 5 speaks of. Paul describes our earthly bodies as tents in comparison to a Heavenly house yet to come. They are functional and provide shelter, but cannot weather the harshest of storms. This is not to say that these temporal dwellings are not without use. Suffering in our flesh and bone has a divine, tangible function in the present:

1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, wea have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faithb into this grace in which we stand, and wec rejoiced in hope of the glory of God. 3Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.Romans 5 (ESV).

In my life, I have often been prayed over for healing of my heart. I understand that my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ mean well when they minister to me in this way. And I am also aware of the medical phenomenon that thriving almost twenty-two years sans the most essential body part is bound to be {seriously, research has been published about li’l ol’ me}. With that being said, we must remember that some semblance of order remains in the fractured world we take up residence of. I am no salamander, and my left leg cannot magically grow back with all the petition in the universe. To be perfectly frank, that would be rather terrifying. I also accept the mysterious reality that I don’t need a pulmonary valve at the moment–even though that has led to some rather disappointing side effects as I’ve approached young adulthood.

But more on that later….

💕Catie Wren S{z}ukala 🐱✝🐦

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