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our "disabled" squirrel
(born with no tail & missing back left foot)
The Good Shepherd will lead you through any trial,
if you will follow in humility.
Nobody stands alone. All of us have both abilities and disabilities. It's just that some are more obvious than others. Sadly, the natural tendency of human selfishness and pride (sin nature) blinds us to the true purposes for trials, difficulties, and disabilities.
There is a reason. Nothing happens by accidenct, but not all things come from God. We now live in a broken, infected creation, partially separated by mankind's choice from God's full protection and provision. Yet, nothing sneeks past the Good Shepherd. He never looks down in shocked surprise thinking: "Shoot, I didn't see that coming". The good news is that God stops millions of things from happening. The best news is that everthing that happens has been allowed by Him for an eternal reason. By the way, beyond disabilities, that also includes the difficult circumstances and hurtful people that are in everyone's life.
Not everyone can be super smart, a great athelete, amazing musician, or movie star. Actually none of those sorts of "abilities" come even close to the most awesome ability in the universe.
That ability is the most valuable and the most important anyone has ever experienced or imagined. And anyone can have it, for free, guaranteed! You can't earn it, buy it, or make it by your own willpower or effort. Yet once you have it, no one can ever take it away from you. That most valuable ability, that gift, is the character of our Creator, Christ, the fruit of His loving Spirit.
"the fruit of the Spirit is love: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5) It's a free gift through Jesus the promised Messiah, bought and paid for by His pure unselfish life, His self-sacrificial death, and His resurrection power. It's not a thing. The gift is Himself as Lord and Rescuer by simply submitting in faith - surrendering our selfish will to His pure loving will.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have access by faith into this grace [= gift]
in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations,
knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Now hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts
by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
"And we know that all things work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are the called
according to His purpose.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined
to be conformed to the image [character] of His Son,
that He might be the firstborn among many brethren."
"Concerning this thing [disability/trial]
I pleaded with the Lord three times
that it might depart from me.
But He said to me,
'My grace [gift] is sufficient for you,
for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my disabilities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in disabilities, in reproaches,
in needs, in persecutions, in distresses,
for Christ’s sake.
For when I am weak, then I am strong."
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
If you are feeling so down that even suicide crosses your mind as an option, then please see the following article. I wrestled with the same feelings for many years as a youth and young man:
Many of my past articles and links to other resources will be uploaded as I continue to restructure
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