(of a person) having a physical or mental condition that limits movements, senses, or activities:
The definition of a disability focuses on the limits that it imposes on an individual. I have repeatedly told people that I believe the greatest blessing that I have ever received was this diagnosis. I know it seems strange to say, and maybe I wasn’t sincere in saying that in the beginning. What I have learned from it is that this definition is true, but incomplete. It is correct in that multiple sclerosis does place limits on my body, and it does limit my movement. Every disability is different, and every one imposes some type of limit. I believe that there are many things that fall into this definition. For instance, I believe fear can be disabling for many. I was a prime example of this, as it paralyzed me. This was also a limit of movement. There is no joy in fear, and it is not how we are called to live. Isaiah 43:1 says, “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” When I realized that these words were true, I felt that I gained more movement than I lost through any physical disease.
What the definition is missing is that there are many things that are gained that get lost from a societal standpoint. It doesn’t make sense in the broken world that we live in, but it was absolutely the most freeing moment of my life. While I lost physical movement, I feel like I gained much more in compassion, empathy, and a complete submission to Jesus. While we as humans seek a life of comfort, I feel like I was blessed with a life of physical struggle. We will always have struggles in our life, but the growth comes from the acceptance of these struggles within God’s Plan.
We have enough negatives in this world…Monday’s post is going to be one of encouragement that I have seen very recently!