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Post  Admin on Mon 17 Jan 2011, 12:53 pm

There Are No Accidents
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: Keep A Quiet Heart
James 1:2
Psalms 139
There Are No Accidents
My friend Judy Squier of Portola Valley, California, is one of the most
cheerful and radiant women I know. I met her first in a prayer meeting at
the beginning
of a conference. She was sitting in a wheel chair, and I noticed something
funny about her legs. Later that day I saw her with no legs at all. In the
evening
she was walking around with crutches. Of course I had to ask her some
questions. She was born with no legs; she had artificial ones which she used
sometimes,
but they were tiresome, she said (laughing) and she often left them behind.
When I heard of a little baby boy named Brandon Scott, born without arms or
legs, I asked if she would write to his parents. She did:
"The first thing I would say is that all that this entails is at least one
hundred times harder on the parents than the child. A birth defect by God's
grace
does not rob childhood of its wonder, nor is a child burdened by high
expectations. Given a supportive, creative, and loving family, I know
personally
that I enjoyed not a less-than-average life nor an average life, but as I've
told many, my life has been not ordinary but extra-ordinary.
"I am convinced without a doubt that a loving Heavenly Father oversees the
creative miracles in the inner sanctum of each mother's womb (Psalm 139),
and
that in His sovereignty there are no accidents.
"'What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Creator calls a
butterfly.' As humanity we see only the imperfect, underside of God's
tapestry of
our lives. What we judge to be 'tragic--the most dreaded thing that could
happen,' I expect we'll one day see as the awesome reason for the beauty and
uniqueness of our life and our family. I think that's why James 1:2 is a
favorite verse of mine. Phillips' translation put it this way: 'When all
kinds
of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don't resent
them as intruders but welcome them as friends.'
"I love Joni Eareckson Tada's quote. When I saw it on the front of Moody
Monthly, October 1982, I was convinced she'd penned the words for my
epitaph. Now
my husband David is aghast to hear me say I want it on my tombstone! Glory
be!
People with disabilities are God's best visual aids to demonstrate who He
really is. His power shows up best in weakness. And who by the world's
standards
is weaker than the mentally or physically disabled? As the world watches,
these people persevere. They live, love, trust and obey Him. Eventually the
world
is forced to say, "How great their God must be to inspire this kind of
loyalty."
"Being Christian didn't shield my family from the pain and tears that came
with my birth defect. In fact, ten years ago when David and I interviewed
our
parents for a Keepsake Tape, I was stunned to hear my mother's true
feelings. I asked her to tell the hardest thing in her life. Her response:
'the day
Judy Ann was born and it still is....' And yet when we as a family look back
over the years, our reflections are invariably silenced by the wonder of
God's
handiwork. Someday I hope to put it in a book and I know it will be to the
glory of God.
"Getting married and becoming a mother were dreams I never dared to dream,
but God, the doer of all miracles intended that my life be blessed with an
incredible
husband and three daughters. Emily is nine, Betsy will soon be seven, and
Naphtalie Joy is four. I've decided that every handicapped person needs at
least
one child. They are fantastic helpers and so willing to let me 'borrow their
legs' when I need help.
"You as a family have been chosen in a special way to display His unique
Masterwork.
I pray that your roots of faith will grow deep down into the
faithfulness
of God's Loving Plan, that you will exchange your inadequacy for the
Adequacy of Jesus' resurrection power, and that you will be awed as you
witness the
fruits of the Spirit manifested in your family."
Dean Masters, owner of the Masters List
"I would rather walk in the dark with Jesus than to walk in the light on my
own."
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