So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?”
Many famous people have had difficul ties to overcome. Wilma Rudolph was one. A bout with polio as a child left her left leg crooked and her foot twisted inward, so she had to wear leg braces. It took seven years of painful therapy before she could walk without them. At age 12, Wilma tried out for a girls’ basketball team but didn’t make it. Determined to improve, she prac ticed with a girlfriend and two boys every day. The next year she made the team. When a college track coach saw her during a game, he talked her into letting him train her as a runner. By age 14 she had outrun the fastest sprinters in the United States. In 1956 Wilma made the U.S. Olympic team, but showed poorly. That bitter disappoint ment motivated her to work harder for the 1960 Olympics in Rome—and there Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals.
Moses also had a handicap to overcome. Some scholars suggest that perhaps he was a stutterer. In any event he felt his inability to speak effectively disqualified him from the task to which God called him. But God didn’t agree. In effect He said to Moses, “Look, i made your mouth. If I had wanted you to be eloquent, I could have made you that way. Instead I chose you to serve Me just as you are.”
Perhaps you are physically challenged in some way. You may have despaired of ever serving God. Rather than bemoaning your inability, recognize God’s great ability He can use you even with your limitations. In fact, He may turn your perceived handicap into a great blessing to others.
Give God what you have and ask Him to use your special circumstances to glorify Himself. God could have made your body perfect, and for His unique purposes for you, He did!
IT’S A WILLING HEART, NOT A PERFECT BODY, THAT SERVES GOD BEST.