Today I want to introduce to you Emma Meyer. I was introduced to her at my church because of her passion in writing. Many of us (including me) don't understand people with disabilities and don't know how to react when we meet them. When I learned that she had started a blog to raise awareness about disability, I was so intrigued by her intellectuality. She is such an inspiration. When you read her post, you will be so encouraged to pursue the things that God has placed on your heart.
I think that sometimes when people first meet me they think, “Why is she so happy?” I think this is because they can’t imagine what it would be like to be me. To be honest, I don’t know the answer to that question myself. All I know is that God loves each one of his unique children immensely, and that's all that matters. Since it was always God’s plan for me to have my disability, I feel like he gifted me with a positive and upbeat attitude because he knew all of the challenges I would face, and that I would be underestimated my whole life! When people see me, someone who has joy and is VERY comfortable in her skin, my hope is that they think, “Well, if she’s this happy and content withherself despite her circumstances, then there’s no reason why I can’t be happy!” I pray they see where my joy comes from and it points them towards Jesus where they too can and will find joy.
Sometimes in people's eyes those with disabilities are considered “broken.” In God's eyes, we are perfect! Psalm 139:14 in the NIV says, “ I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” And I love how theMessage bible version goes on to say, “Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mothers womb. I thank you High God-you're breathtaking! Body and Soul, I am marvelouslymade! I worship in adoration-what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; you know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” Obviously God does not make mistakes! As a young adult with Cerebral Palsy, I have never once questioned how God created me or hisplan and purpose for my life. I believe God when he says in Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” AndI'm seeing it unfold right before my very eyes! Granted, at the age of 19 I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface as to what God’s full plan and purpose is for my life. But Lord willing I’ve got plenty more years to figure it out! For now I feel that my purpose is to continue to learn about who he is and to show his love through me and my unique circumstances of living with significant physical disabilities.
In today’s society we see so many people who are unhappy with their life and uncomfortable in their own skin. For example, with the way they look, the circumstances they grew up in, where they are in life, their abilities or their lack of. Many people just seem frustrated, insecure, unsatisfied etc.. Many feel “broken” on the inside. Instead of turning to God and his truth about them, they may become depressed, or turn to drugs, sex, violence, etc. THAT is why the world is the way that it is today. If people chose to see themselves the way that God sees them and accept his love for them, boy how our world would be different!
TRUST ME when I tell you IAM NOT happy all of the time! Of course I alsohave my “Days!” When I am struggling I remind myself that I’m not the one in control, God is! I remember what it says in Proverbs3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.”
My hope is that the people who read this blog, come away understanding that God has a plan for everyone! He makes no mistakes! At some point in lifewe all feel“broken.” The wonderful thing about God is that he uses “ brokenness,” to help others. We don't always have control of the things that happen in our lives, but no matter what, God always uses every situation to teach us something about life, good or bad. We may not understand everything that God does, but as long as we trust him, we'll be fine. Being born differently abled is by the far the best plan God could have ever had for me and I wouldn’t want it any other way. So embrace who God created you to be and let his love shine through you! You will be blessed and so will those around you.
Love and Peace,