Some may wonder why there are people born with challenges. The world calls them disabilities or handicap. But are they? This much is clear, every human being is perfectly made by God. God is sovereign over all the earth, including the womb. He has orchestrated our very conception and existence, and every child born is fearfully and wonderfully crafted by Him. Scripture is actually filled with those who are physically handicapped. Jacob walked with a limp for the rest of his life after his midnight wrestling match with an angel. (Genesis 32:22-31). Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan was lame in both feet. (2 Samuel 9:1-12). Even Paul suffered from an unnamed “thorn” in his flesh. (2 Corinthians 12:1-10). In addition to their challenges, all of these had something else in common: not one of them was miraculously healed. So many times we gravitate toward the miracles of the Bible, and there were many. But there were many more who lived day to day with all kinds of indignities, pains and disabilities. A lot of people live today without a miraculous healing. But who is to say that the power of God cannot be even more dramatically displayed in the life of one who struggles and despite their challenges still remain steadfast. I believe the power of God is displayed all around us, in the lives of exceptional people who never experience a life-changing miracle, but are examples of godliness. They are exceptional because they are patient, kind, and treats others graciously. They love others with the love of Christ, all while enduring their challenges. That is exceptional! We know God is a God of miracles, nothing is impossible for Him. However these people are not changed. I believe there is a reason because we serve an intentional God. He makes no mistakes. Everything and everyone has a purpose. Could it be they are not changed because their purpose is to change us? They are examples of how we should live no matter our temporary setbacks. Maybe their purpose is to change how we react, feel, help, and think about others that are different from what we call normal. Think about it. Love and blessings…

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)

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