My husband and I had the honor to hear speaker David Ring last night at a local church. He is an evangelist with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Just seeing him walk down the aisle brought tears to my eyes. We were packed in the place like sardines so I prayed that I would not become a blubbering mess (and I am NOT a crier). For those of you that do not know, our middle son Sam has CP. He is such a blessing to us! He is the child I asked the Lord for (1 Samuel 1:20).
Anyway, it was such an encouragement to see this grown man who had not succumbed to the adversity of his situation. His verse for the night was Revelation 12:11-
“For they overcame them by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”
And he is an overcomer if I’ve ever seen one! I won’t go into his life story, but suffice it to say it was both heartbreaking and inspiring. The most important thing that I heard him say was that when God entrusted him with CP He gave him a platform and an opportunity. I mean, really, where do you go with that?
In application to our own story, I saw hope. Hope that God can do something in a situation that we just flat out didn’t want. I’m not gonna sugar coat it–we just could’ve done without CP in our lives. But God saw fit to give it to us anyway. So what do we do with it?
Before last night we would’ve bumbled along doing the best we could praying for a miracle healing. But after hearing David speak it’s a whole new ballgame.
CP is our platform. It is our opportunity to show others how God has been good to us. Did we ask for CP? No way. Did David? Nope, but as he said he wouldn’t trade his life for a minute. He is married and the father of four children and has been speaking for 37 years! His speech is unclear, his motions exaggerated, and his walk not perfect–but he is happy. He is blessed and so are we–so is Sam.
It is up to us to help Sam develop his full potential and then to get out of the way and let God work. We gave Sam to God when he was born and we have to accept how God intends for him to be.
We must not waste this opportunity that we’ve been given. We have been entrusted with something sacred and we have to praise Him and trust His plans for us!
For those of you blessed to know Sam you know his sweet personality and tender heart. I know God has plans for him that are beyond our imagination. I foresee a lifetime of overcoming for him, but with God and the Morrison stubbornness he was given he’s got nothing to fear! He will overcome and we will too!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
By Allison Morrison,
Beautiful in Him