God alone knows how that which you call a handicap or a failure is the singularly greatest healing element in your life and the lives around you! Part of the growth of Faith is getting to the point of no longer having handicaps – not because they don’t exist but because they become “God-Need-Caps” or opportunities for His Love to shine in another dark corner of our lives or those around us!
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:15-16
If Paul never would have been a legalist dogmatic Jewish leader, we never could have had the inexhaustible, missionary, church builder of Grace spreading the True Good News!
If Thomas would not have been “doubting Thomas”, his healing into a Faith-Full follower never could have happened and we never would have seen the relentless Love of Christ even on the skeptical human mind!
If Elijah would not have had extreme depression to the point of wanting to end it all, you and I could never have seen how the darkest moments in life bring us closest to seeing God and His Ability to shine!
If Job would not have lost everything that He had worked so hard for in what the most religious of his day called “unjust” or “punishment”, we never would have been able to see that Faith in God means having Faith in the ashes of everything we hold near and dear!
If Peter “the Rock” had not stumbled by denying Christ, we never could have understood how failures of Faith are never fatalities of Faith!
If the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’s garment had not needed healing so desperately, we never would have seen His sensitivity to our needs!
If Jesus Christ had never screamed out in gut wrenching agony and deep despair, “ABBA (Aramaic for Passionate Daddy) into your hands I commit my spirit!” We never would have seen and known what to do when Hell surrounds us like the tomb that He so Strongly defeated in His very human shame and defeat!
The list could go on and on and on but here is the message of Faith we need to catch – look up, breathe deep and say in times of despair, “I will rest in your Love for me Abba”, “Abba I will Trust in you with this pain”, “Abba I WILL REST IN YOU!”
So what is your God-need-cap and how will it Bless you and others this day?