My son, Micah, taught me a valuable life lesson a couple of years ago…never be afraid to ask people questions. I was able to apply that lesson recently while at a church in NJ. I was there to update the church about our mission and was speaking to the congregation for a few minutes. While speaking, I noticed a young man in a wheelchair.
After the service ended, I went to the foyer to greet and talk with the people. That’s when I got a chance to meet Chris, the young man in the wheelchair. He introduced himself, I could see by the look on his face that he was distraught. I bent down on my knees so I could be eye level with Chris and asked him, “What happened?” He welcomed my question, almost like he wanted to blurt it out, but was just waiting for me to ask. He said, “I was in a motorcycle accident five months ago and haven’t walked since.” He has been in physical therapy since that day and has recently sensed some feeling in his legs. Chris asked me to pray with him for healing and I did. I sensed God’s presence strongly while talking and praying with Chris. I wish I could say he got out of that wheelchair and walked…but he didn’t (at least not that day). But, we both knew that God was working in Chris’s situation. He thanked me for praying with him. I thanked Chris for having the courage and commitment to be there. Chris was an inspiration to me and others in that church.
I don’t know why God chose to allow Chris to become disabled but I do know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him (Rom 8:28). And I know that God can use a person’s disability to bring glory to Himself (John 9). What if we asked “What Happened?” to those people around us who are hurting and hopeless? We might find out more answers on how we can better serve and love them.Joe Butler Special Needs’ Dad