A Little Girl Lost

Because Of a Wheelchair

It took years for me to adjust to my new life. Paralyzed from my shoulders down with minimal use of my arms, I sat in a large black power wheelchair and stood out in a crowd.  People stared and I often overheard them talking about me. “What’s she doing here?” “What does she want?” “She can’t sit there.”  Many said they were sorry I had to be in a wheelchair while still others yelled at me as if I couldn’t hear. Most people just walked around me. In my pain, I withdrew and hid behind veiled eyes.

Until one day, someone asked me to teach a Sunday school class. I didn’t want to do it, but God wouldn’t let me go. I accepted knowing He would be my strength. That single invitation gave me the courage to step out of my uncomfortable-comfort zone and speak up about the healing love of God’s presence in my life. My disability opened many doors for ministry; the wheelchair however, couldn’t go through all of them.

Buildings with narrow doorways, steps or other barriers set physical limits to my ministry while much of society continued to shun me. As I took a stand for Christ’s sacrifice “for the least of these” word of my ministry spread and I found I could be both a minister of the gospel and an advocate for persons with disabilities.

I prayed for healing from past hurts and God gave me an incredible ministry. God’s call may not be a “dream come true” but if you’ll accept it, He will bless you through it.

Father, it is my prayer that you would work through me, and use my disability to open doors and share your word everywhere I go.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are (disabled), but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12 NIV).

In Christian Love,

Berta
 
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Comments on: "Because Of a Wheelchair" (4)

  1. you are a “blessing”…I read these and what a remarkable Lady and Christian you really are… God has given you the gift of teaching and parts in ministries that many would love to be a part of and a good attitude….

  2. Anonymous said:

    I believe God is using you in a far greater capacity than what any one may realize

  3. Anonymous said:

    I would love my sister read these devotionals of yours… She had a massive stroke 11 years ago and she and us are really Blessed to have her with us today.. I have been telling her of your devotionals… She is quite a lady to and I found out even more This last Fri,,,, She is back at the care home but I don't think for long… She like you is really amazing… thanks for sharing And I think Anonymous is right… God Bless…She is 62 and had her major stroke 11 years ago..

  4. Thank you Marjorie, Anonymous,and Anonymous. You bless me with your words and encourage me as I walk with Jesus.
    In Christian Love,
    Berta

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