Here is my question for God, why are there people with disabilities? While trying to answer this question I came across a Bible verse: John 9:1-7. The NIV says, "As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing".
Here is my other question for God, What if we pray and the people we care for with disabilities are not healed? What should I make of that? What should parent's with children with challenges make of that? What of the feelings that they are plagued with that leave them feeling that they were the cause of their children's disabilities?
How does the person with special needs navigate through all of his or her misunderstood sounds or gestures? What do they do with the frustration they feel when trying to communicate and we don't quite understand what they are trying to say?
As I sit here trying to string all of my thoughts together, I can only say that if Jesus said, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned" I can only accept that usually it's no fault of the parents that their child is born with challenges and disabilities.
If Jesus said, that "...this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him...As long at is day, we must do the works of him who sent me...While I am in the world, I am the light of the world", I can only believe that whether or not a child or adult with special needs is healed, God wants to show himself in them,
He gets glory out of their lives. He gets glory when we give our time, our prayers, our attention, and a piece of ourselves to those who are different than us.
What will move our hearts and motivate us to love those that experience life in a world so different than our own?
Some times I think we say silly things like, " That's not my calling or I don't know any one with special needs" and then we let ourselves off the hook. After all, how can we reach those we don't come in contact with, right?
Do we really have to be called to love? Do we really have to be called to be the light? I'm beginning to think that being the light means bringing hope to those that need it the most. I keep asking myself if Jesus said, "While I am in the world, I am the light of the world", how am I going to be the light while I am in the world? How will we be the light to the less fortunate we pass by on the street, to someone who is wheelchair bound, or to those we see in public that have special needs? Will we stare then quickly look away? Will we whisper a prayer as we walk by them or will we just whisper? How will we be the light to the least of these? If this is not normally part of our lives, what will motivate us to care?
Jesus be the Hero to those that have no voice. Jesus be the Hero to those that feel trapped in their very misunderstood world. Jesus be the Hero to those that have the tremendous responsibility of being Mom, Dad, Caretaker, Nurse, & Advocate for children & adult children with special needs. Give them strength where they need it most, insight in the middle of chaos and frustration, friends who understand, & hope when their loved one is having a good day. I'm no hero Lord, but I know that you are.