Yesterday, I had an amazing encounter. I got out of my car on the way to the “White Cup Coffeehouse,” and ArtGallery(301 E. 1st St.,Sanford,FL,32771) when two young men approached me. They asked me what was wrong. I explained that I had polio as a child. (I don’t think either one of them knew what polio was.) They asked me if I believed in Jesus Christ and I said emphatically – Yes! After a very short conversation, John asked if he could pray for me. I never (ever) refuse a prayer. John placed his palm on my forehead and prayed to Jesus to give me strength and fortify my belief in HIS healing powers. John took his hand off my head and reached for my crutches. I hesitated and asked him not to take my crutches. John asked again if I believed in the love and healing powers of Jesus. Again, I stated emphatically – Yes. John was a little disappointed that I would not let him take my crutches and said: “the healing power of Jesus is as strong as my faith will allow it to be.” I tried to explain to John the following…
“People see me – a man on crutches, and perceive me as ill or injured and need to be healed. You see a broken body. The reality is my spirit is whole. You see me as something that needs to be fixed. You see leg braces (to stand) and crutches (for balance and mobility) as an impediment instead of a tool. You see a curse instead of a blessing. John, you reach for my crutches and wanted to take them away and let me stand as a witness to GOD’s healing powers. In reality, you are trying to take away a Blessing that GOD has given me. Polio is a gift in that I am who I am – not in spite of my so-called handicap, but because it helped me find the hidden talents and strength that I have inside of my soul.”
With that, John and his companion shook my hand and left saying – GOD Bless You.
I declare myself two things. First, I am as we all are – a child of GOD. The second, I am a person with “Different Abilities.” In the beginning, different abilities meant that I had to figure out alternate ways of accomplishing something that most people take for granted. I had to find “different” ways to be “able” to do tasks (such as climbing stares or driving a car) that are normal to society. I learned that if the goal is to get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ – how is not important. Some people walk placing one foot in front of the other. I jump or crawl (when not wearing my braces) to succeed in the same goal.
Now, I know that “Different Abilities” are blessings from GOD. If we look around, we see and experience miracles every day. The sun rising and setting, the birth of a newborn baby, the flight of a bird and the bumble bee are all miracles that we share or have in common. These individual Blessing from GOD are the Gifts that lead us to our Soul Purpose in life. We all have “Different Abilities” from each other. That is what makes us unique. That is what stands as apart from everyone else. That is the way we can serve our fellow human being. So, the next time you see a child strapped into a wheelchair; don’t see the person for what they can’t do. See them for the Blessing that they are: perhaps a reminder to be grateful for what you before took for granted; maybe an opportunity to serve your fellow human; or possibly just a brother or sister that you have more in common than what you think.
What Blessing has GOD bestowed upon you? How are you using that Gift?
“Be Pure, Stay Passionate, Live with Purpose – Be Blessed!”