Jeremiah 31:9 – They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son. (NIV)
Have you ever seen anyone be happy because they saw a teardrop? The arrival of a teardrop is part of the recovery story of a young man who had a mishap with a tree. Fifteen months after his accident, Darrick wrote, "Today I felt a little tear coming down my face. I was overjoyed. It was so cool to feel a tear again; so cool to see God's hand in even something as small as a teardrop."
I met this young man in September, when he and his mother came to my home to inquire if I'd be willing to help them tell their story, a story of how God protected and provided during a serious accident when Darrick was on his way home from college in 2002 to spend Christmas with his family.
During our time together, I was impressed at how this young man, who could have been bitter about the injuries and handicaps he's been left with, was instead so excited about the lessons God has been teaching him. He said, "God has shown me so very much through this. We just need to lean on Him for everything." Darrick has registered at Bible College this fall to pursue his passion of telling others about God.
In life, we may not have a handicap because of running into a physical tree, but we may have other hurts and handicaps that are keeping us from being the person God would have us be. However, our God can speak to others through our weaknesses. If we turn our lives over to Him completely, God will bless us, and we in turn will be a blessing to others.
Prayer: Dear God, today, take our hurts and handicaps and use them to draw us closer to You so that we may help others see Your love. Amen.