Monday, April 22, 2013

Gift of a Handicap

This year, I'm sharing my "Treasures" of my study of my "Ponder the Morsels" book. I've picked 31 Psalms to study throughout 2013. Today I studied Psalm 30. Here is what I learned.

Lord, my God, I ·prayed to you [cried to you for help], and you healed me. Psalm 30:2 (EXB)

Eternal One, my True God, I cried out to You for help; You mended the shattered pieces of my life.  Psalm 30:2 (VOICE) 

"Thou hast healed me." The verb is used, either for the healing of bodily disorders, or to denote the happy alteration of any person's affairs, either in private or public life, by the removal of any kind of distress, personal or national. So in the place before us: "Thou hast healed me," means, Thou hast brought me out of my distresses, hast restored my health, and rendered me safe and prosperous. Samuel Chandler

One question I’m often asked is “Why doesn’t God heal you?” And most often, the person asking has some reason that it is “my fault” that I’m not healed, such as sin, not enough faith, etc. I’m written many times that God CAN heal me, but He has chosen not to. God is capable of doing whatever He wants. He can heal me—and that is not dependent upon me or what I do. 

As David gives praise and glory to Lord, my God, for his healing, I think the thing to remember here is the job God had designed for David. David was to be King of Israel. God wanted him healthy to guide His chosen people. 

There are others in Scripture who had illnesses or afflictions but God decided NOT to heal. Paul had an problems with his eyes. But God chose not the heal Paul because He wanted to remind Paul to rely God’s grace and strength... and not a get a “big head” because the work God chose Paul to do. 

Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,
My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (MSG)

“You healed me.” I have to say that I do think that God has healed me. Not from the physical pain, but from the soul pain of “why am I not healed?” I continue to learn that God has different ways to heal, and He heals in accordance to His plan. For me, He allows the physical pain, but has given me overwhelming peace knowing that God is working to accomplish His will through me. I have a constant reminder that God is at work, and that He loves me and cares for me. Yes, my pain is a reminder of God’s love. For I know that He gave me this “gift of a handicap” to remind me of my limitations, and rely on God’s grace and strength! 

To create a positive day, I need to thank God for His gift of a handicap, and to use it to share His amazing love with others.


  1. I needed this today! Just found your blog and it's a blessing!
    Thank you!

    1. Thank you for reading and your kind comment. I hope you visit again. -Rhonda