I was recently given this book by Elizabeth Elliot called Keep a Quiet Heart. I love her writing and how deeply in love she is with God even after having been through so much heartache. The chapters are short and power-packed so I’ve been trying to read one everyday. I came across this chapter the other day and was moved to tears as I could just feel the Holy Spirit speaking the words to my heart, so I thought I would share it with you!
The chapter is entitled ‘There Are No Accidents’ and she shares the story of her friend Judy who was born without legs. Elizabeth heard about a little boy who was born without arms and legs and asked Judy to write to his parents and encourage them that God does not make mistakes. I’ll share a couple of paragraphs from Judy’s letter – these are sure to encourage parents who have children born with disabilities…
“[Joni Eareckson Tada said] …’people with disabilities are God’s best visual aids to demonstrate who He really is. His power shows up best in weakness. And who by the world’s standards is weaker than the mentally or physically disabled? As the world watches, these people persevere. They live, love, trust and obey Him. Eventually the world is forced to say, ‘How great their God must be to inspire this kind of loyalty’…’ You as a family have been chosen in a special way to display His unique Masterwork. I pray that your roots of faith will grow deep down into the faithfulness of God’s loving plan, that you will exchange your inadequacy for the Adequacy of Jesus’ resurrection power, and that you will be awed as you witness the fruits of the Spirit manifested in your family.”
So as you can imagine this chapter touched my heart in such a way that I had to share this with you! I know God has chosen Jeremy and I to raise this precious little boy and that He did not make a mistake. I can’t wait to watch Liam grow and learn to love his Creator.
In our weakness He is strong!