Several years ago a missionary couple from Brazil was visiting my church. The wife asked me a question I had never been asked before: “What was the purpose of God taking your leg?” I told her I didn’t know the purpose and she told me that God had a purpose for taking my leg and I needed to determine the purpose. Her question really stuck with me and I began to ponder and prayerfully consider her question. I eventually found my answer in John 9:1-3.
John 9:1-3 states “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
As I read this passage, I immediately knew why God took my leg. The disciples had assumed that the man in John 9 was blind because of either his sin or his parents sin.* I love Jesus’ response stating the man was not blind because of sin, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. God took my leg to bring glory to His name. My purpose in losing my leg was to glorify my Savior through my amputation. God took my leg so that I could minister to others and to show them what Christ did for me. What the world called a disability, God was showing me that it was an opportunity.
God has a purpose for everything, even when we may not be able to see it. The world sees no purpose for disabilities, but as a Christian I know that I am to use my disability to glorify my Savior. This is my goal each and every day. I can’t do some things that other people do, but the Lord opens doors for me to talk with people that others do not have access to. I am constantly asked what happened to my leg and each time I’m asked I want to make sure they know my God and what he has done for me.
You may not have a physical disability, but we all have weaknesses. Let’s not focus on our disabilities or weaknesses. Allow God to take your weakness or disability and turn into a strength. Allow Him to use your weakness or disability to glorify His name in this world.
What weakness or disability has God turned into a strength to glorify Him? Please share in the comments below to encourage one another in our walk with the Lord. Please feel free to share this with other people.
*All suffering and death is the result of Adam’s sin. However, the suffering you and I face today may or may not be related to our own sin.