[And God is able]
Don’t limit your limitations. It’s an easy thing to do when you’re struggling with health issues or some sort of disability. I know this first hand because it’s something that I’ve personally struggled with.
I don’t enjoy dwelling on it too much, or becoming focused on the details of my chronic illness because it never does me any good in the long run. I’ve even come to the point at times where I’ve dreaded the question “How are you?” because I know I just keep telling the same old story, over and over again.
Chronic means on-going. And that’s exactly what it feels like–as if it will never let up. When you’re persistently ill you begin to feel as if this is your whole identity. Your life becomes limited by the things that ale you; limited by your lack of energy; limited by pain; by depression or anxiety; limited by the lack of mobility; the lack of finances, and the list can go on.
It gets even trickier when there are two of you battling illness together. Even so, the way Andrew and I see it, is that we still have each other, and two are better than one. With God in the equation, three is a better number still.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
We are So Much More
Life can be messy, and yes even very limiting, but viewed through the right lens, the picture can become clearer, and you’ll find that your perspective quite changes.
It’s so easy for me to lose myself in all of the things that seem to be working against us, and at times I’ve felt so much older than I truly am. When I look to my future (health wise) I think of my grandma, and how fragile she seemed to me; her lack of strength and her dizzy spells, and yet, she lived to ninety-three years of age.
More than that (So much more than that), what I remember most about her was her wonderful spirit. She was absolute sunshine to me, and I realize now the impact (even still) her bright and cheerful spirit had upon me. She was so much stronger than her weakness and so much more than her fragile body.
God allows hardship, sorrow, sickness and setbacks, and I believe fully that these things aren’t intended to limit us, nor to hurt us (quite the opposite actually). I know and believe that there are reasons for our seasons. So much good can, and does, come from these ailments we’ve come to curse.
We aren’t limited by what looks like a limitation on the surface-–whether it seems so through our own eyes, or someone else’s eyes. Through God’s eyes we are limitless, and He is able to make all grace (His inexhaustible supply of free gifts, for every good work.) abound (exist in large numbers or amounts) to you.
You’re not limited. You are limitless, because His Grace has no limitation.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8