The King’s Kids
“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV).
Friend to Friend
The angels were hovering low in our church on this particular Sunday morning. It was a special day for a group of ten “kids” known as the King’s Kids. They were leading worship by singing a special song – only many of the kids couldn’t carry a tune, walk on their own, or even control their limbs. We sat in silence as the unlikely band of worship leaders stumbled onto the stage. Each of these children of God had a disability and visible handicap. The “Kids” lined up on the stage, many with adults standing behind them to support them, both physically and emotionally. Kristen, a young lady with Down’s syndrome appeared to be the leader. She stood out in front of the others with confidence and strength and passion.
The sound track began and the King’s Kids began to “sing” with their hands in sign language. “Press on,” their hands proclaimed. With wide sweeping motions and uninhibited praise, Kristen sang with arms and hands to the One who loved her most.
There was one girl in particular who caught my eye. She was not able to do the signs by herself. Her limbs were much too weak and uncontrolled. I watched as this gal leaned into a woman standing behind her and surrendered her arms and hands. While the others signed the words to the song, the woman moved her young charges hands in tandem with the others. Beth simply leaned into her helper and relinquished control.
Then God spoke to my heart, “That is what I want you to do. Lean into me, relinquish control, and allow me to move your life in a symphony of worship”.
You see, we all have disabilities. Some are visible to the naked eye and some are hidden except to the trained eye. While the handicaps vary, God longs for each one of us to do as Beth did on that Sunday morning. Lean into Him, relinquish control, and allow God to move us to His song.
There was not a dry eye in the 2,000 seat sanctuary. Their disabilities were visible, yet those of us who sat in the pews had disabilities that were not visible to the naked eye, but just as real. God turns our “disabilities” into our abilities when we lean into Him and allow His strength to work through our weaknesses.
As God said to Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV). Therefore I say with Paul, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 1:9-10 NIV).
Today, lean into God and allow Him to move your hands and feet to the song that He is singing for you.
Dear Lord, thank You that when I am weak, You are strong. Take my hands and feet and move them to Your rhythm of life. I yield myself totally to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
How would you describe your willingness to give up control of your life to God?
What are some areas that you tend to hang onto?
What do you think would happen if you gave control of your life totally to God?
If God does not have total control of your life, what’s stopping you from turning over the reins?
For more on today’s topic see Your Scars are Beautiful to God - Finding peace and purpose in the hurts of your past by Sharon Jaynes.
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Originally published Friday, 27 October 2006.