Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

The One About Impairment

Take a moment to think about an impairment you have experienced, are currently experiencing, or know is coming.  

How does your impairment interrupt your independence?   Do you have a hard time asking for help?

I just had my yearly eye exam.  As I sat in the waiting room, I saw three people walk up to the registration desk to announce their arrival for their follow up appointment.  Each person had a patch over one eye and a chaperone by their side.  Their visual impairment made it necessary to ask for help.

Six years ago, I had shoulder surgery.  My husband was my chaperone for the day of the surgery and caregiver for the weeks of healing that followed.  Although I was not released to drive, I had to get to physical therapy.  I had no other choice but to dismiss my independence and ask for help.  My friend Karen, from my church family, offered her time to be my chaperone, driving me to physical therapy and sitting in the car reading a book while I gained strength and mobility in my limb.

I am thankful God put my husband and Karen in my life during that health impairment.  They were a blessing to me in my time of need and God blessed them when they stepped up to help me.

Humans are innately independent.  I admit I feel pride when I accomplish something on my own, but I could never sing this song by Frank Sinatra titled, I Did It My Way  .  The lyrics at the end of the song especially irritate me:

“For what is a man, what has he got
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way”

This song is purposefully neglecting the fact that we need to experience impairments in life to knock out our pride so God can have work space in our heart.

I know I am nothing without God, because when I reflect on past impairments where I acted independently, the outcome was horrible.  Apart from God, I do not have the strength to handle my impairments on my own.  I desire to have more of God and less of me today.  I invite you to this challenge.

Comment below to let me know how this works for you today.

Psalm 139:23-24 New International Version (NIV)

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

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