“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
How would you finish this sentence: I couldn’t function without _______?
Surely, many with disabilities might respond by listing a supportive device or person. Some people who are shut in may say they couldn’t function without their computer.
Computers can be lifelines. Mine is used for writing and corresponding. Because I need it to work I recently renewed its security protection and this frees me from worrying about a virus that could destroy my work. I’ll pay top dollar to prevent corrupted files.
Christ paid the ultimate price to end spiritual corruption. I’ve accepted His gift of salvation and can relax about my eternity.
It’s living with a disability on earth that plagues me with worries! I wonder what my life is worth with multiple sclerosis. I worry because it’s getting harder to do things.
It helps to remind myself that the One who overcame death can surely protect me from insurmountable challenges. He’s promised to equip me to do what He’s called me to do.
As long as I use technology, I need to keep my computer in working order. I take good care of it.
Likewise, as long as God intends to use me, He’ll keep me in working order–whatever parts are needed. I’m pretty sure He isn’t planning on having me run marathons–like a man I recently met, Stan Cottrell. Stan’s response to the Great Commission is to go into all the world running and telling others about Christ. Xxx http://friendshipsports.org/about-friendship-sports-charity/stan-cottrell/
I may not know exactly how He’ll use me in the future. But I’m sure of the Truth in Matthew 7:11: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”
Christ “set his seal of ownership” on me. He knows how to take care of me. . . and of you.
Prayer: Dear Father, remind me of the challenge the Psalmist gave when he wrote, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8). I’m grateful You invite me to pour out my heart to You. When anxiety creeps in, remind me You are my refuge. Praise You for being the One who helps me “stand firm in Christ.” You are my security. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 33 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net. Vicki wrote a picture book about bullying: Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies. You can find out more about that book by visiting her Heart Eyes website: http://www.hearteyes.net
Here’s a fun question to contemplate: What would you like to say to your computer or mobile device?
This is Jeremy Camp singing “Understand.” The lyrics talk of how we go through tough times in this life and we know God understands it all, so why do we not immediately feel rescued? Do we keep putting our faith and security in Him when we still feel lost? Heartfelt… -Lisa