Made Perfect in Weakness

Posted: April 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

emma cheo_FotorOver the years we have learned so much from our daughter Emma. Her disability has been used by God in so many ways to teach and bless and grow us in our faith and compassion. It has also been an ongoing journey in learning how to wait on the Lord and trust in His care and provision.

For example, this past week we took Emma to CHEO for her annual cardiology appointment (pictured here in the waiting room) where we learned that she will need to have her pacemaker replaced in a few weeks. Once again forcing us to press into God more deeply through prayer and clinging to His promises in the midst of the valleys. Still, we wouldn’t change a thing because it is in and through her weakness that God has revealed his power, wisdom and grace in a very special way.

For another perspective on this, listen to some of the lessons Greg Lucas, author of Wresting With an Angel, shared on his blog

1. God is both sovereign and good.

When you are given a child with a severe disability, it is essential that you see God’s sovereign hand at work in your family. Scripture declares that your child was not an accident or a tragedy, but wonderfully and purposefully knit together from a blueprint of God’s plan that was designed before the foundation of the earth. (Psalm 139:13-17; Ephesians 1:3-12). Disability is not a curse; it is the goodness and grace of God magnified in ways that many typical families never get to experience.

2. You have been brought into this community for a purpose.

I was very slow to realized the purpose and potential of our family’s suffering and hardship until I began sharing our experiences. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 came alive during that time. Suffering brings us into the intimate presence of God where the sweetest comfort occurs. But we are not comforted to become comfortable; we are comforted to become comforters. Every single episode in our family’s experience with disability was an equipping of God’s grace to be shared with those in desperate need of His comfort.

3. Disability magnifies our vision for joy in the smallest things.

Most families living with disability will testify that some of their greatest victories have been those moments typical families often take for granted. I remember the first time our son used the bathroom in a public restroom (at the age of 17). We had just walked into Walmart and Jake took me by the hand and led me to the men’s room. He pulled his pants down and tried to pee in the toilet. He missed the toilet completely, peeing all over the seat, the floor, the wall and the stall. But he didn’t pee in his pants! We were laughing, clapping, cheering and praising God in a urine covered stall of a Walmart restroom. Most people cannot comprehend the enormous victory of that day, but disability often gives us 20/20 vision to see the things that others seem to miss. This is a wonderful gift.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
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