Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3
In the story of creation, we learn that “God created man in His image. In the image of God, He created them.” (Genesis 1:27). Human beings are the only creation that bears the image of God. All human beings have been uniquely created by the sovereign hands of Elohim- our Creator. Each one fashioned to bring glory to God.
Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory. Isaiah 43:7
Jesus teaches us in John 9 that God seeks to glorify Himself through all people, even those with a disability.
“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” John 9:2-3
As parents of children with different kinds of disabilities, we may need to wrestle out this issue with God and with ourselves. Can we trust that God uniquely created our child- just as he or she is- to bring glory to Himself? Do we trust His divine design- or are we tempted to consider this an “accident?”
For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14
Trusting God’s creation means trusting God with how He created my child.
Moses wrestled out this issue with God when God called Him to go to the Egyptians and lead Israel out of captivity. He was “slow of speech and tongue” and didn’t feel equipped to take on this great task. God made clear to Moses that even with this disability, He was exactly who God created Him to be.
The LORD said to Moses, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I the LORD?”
We can come to rest in knowing that it is the Lord who creates each of our children, with their unique physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual development. We can turn our hearts to His great plan and trust Him to work all things for the greater good. We can focus on the beauty of God’s handiwork and be thankful for what we have, not discouraged by what we don’t have.
Friends of ours lost their third child late in the pregnancy. It was a very difficult loss. When God blessed them with a fourth child, and sustained them through the pregnancy, she was born with club feet. Their attitude has been a great witness to trusting in God’s perfect design for her, even with this challenge. Their experience through the miscarriage gave them an attitude of thankfulness for this new life, in place of discouragement that could have otherwise come. They are focusing on what they have, not on what they don’t have.
Trusting God’s creation for my child moves me beyond “Why, Lord?” to “Be glorified, Lord.”
Trusting God’s creation also means trusting God with how He created me.
As “fearfully and wonderfully” as our children are made, so too are we created uniquely by God to bring glory to Himself. He fashioned us to be the mother our children need us to be. He uniquely placed us together in our families, whatever shape they may take. We can trust that our personality, our education and experiences, our passions and our interests, our strengths and our weaknesses have all shaped us to be used in our ministry to our children as mothers.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
One of my favorite quotes for ministry is “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” We may not feel equipped for this calling, yet we can trust God to pour into us exactly what we need to do the work He prepared for us to do. After He reminded Moses of who had created him, He made a promise.
“Now go, I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:12
Hope trusts God’s creation- how He created my child and how He created me- all to bring glory to Himself. He will help us, He will teach us, He will equip us for all He has called us to be.
Creator God, Lord of all, may I trust you with every detail you have fashioned in my child, and in me. Be glorified as your hands continue to shape us into all you’ve created us to be.