by Paul Tautges | December 4, 2017 8:42 am
[Please pray for me this week, as I participate in the annual Biblical Counseling Coalition summit in Atlanta. This year is especially exciting, as we discuss the subject of ministering to one another in disability. I’m humbled to have been asked to bring the main address on Wednesday morning. In light of this gathering, I thought I’d re-post an older article from a few years back.]
One of the highlights of Desiring God’s recent conference, God’s Good Design in Disability, was the 10-minute testimony of Krista Horning. From her life’s painful and shameful experiences with multiple disabilities flows a beauty and grace that can only be explained by the mercy and wisdom of God revealed in the gospel.
Krista began her testimony with these words: “People ask me how I live with disability. How do I live with disability? …For me, disability is the deep hurt and shame that says I am not accepted. Disability says ugly things to me. It tells me I am alone. I am different. I am worthless. I am weak. It tells me my life is hopeless. Disability lies to me and sometimes it is easy to listen and believe. Sometimes I don’t want to live with disability. Sometimes I don’t want to be who God made me to be. [But] God tells me the truth. So I keep listening to Him. He opens the eyes of my heart and I believe. I trust Him and His words. God says beautiful things to me. Listen.”
Krista’s testimony then closes with these powerful words:
For now I live with disability.
Disability still says ugly things to me.
Disability is a part of this broken sin-filled world.
But God has so many beautiful things to say.
And so I’m filled with hope.
God’s words grow louder and louder in my life.
The glory of his grace and mercy grow stronger and stronger.
I need to listen to his words.
I want to listen to his words.
God’s words change everything.
God’s beautiful words have changed my life.
And that is how I live with disability.
Source URL: http://counselingoneanother.com/2017/12/04/14-truths-that-shatter-the-lies-of-disability/
Copyright ©2017 Counseling One Another unless otherwise noted.