I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
The other day I found some old devotion. One was about an Oprah show where I saw a most amazing woman. After the birth of her second child, this otherwise healthy woman was attacked physically by a flesh eating virus. To save her life, they had to amputate her both arms at the elbows and both her legs below the knees.
Although now faced with being a wife and raising two children one an infant with the loss of her limbs, she didn’t miss a beat. As soon as she could she went to therapy and learned to walk with prosthetics. She learned to do household chores and everyday things with the stumps that were now her hands and arms.
The amazing thing to me was not her overcoming her new disabilities, it was the attitude she had. Several times, she said she prayed for God to heal her and to keep her limbs, but God had a different answer and she knows He has a purpose in all things and He gives the strength to make it through. As a family they have learned to live in a small two bedroom apartment and work with each other to accomplish the every day tasks we take for granted.
Now, her faith is being tested again, her husband just lost his job. Still, her attitude is the same, one of overcoming. If He could help them through her dealing with no limbs, surely He would do something amazing once again.
Oprah was so impressed with her victorious life attitude, that she partnered with some other people and they are building them a handicapped accessible house. Now that doesn’t fix all their problems, because her husband still doesn’t have a job, but if God can provide a house, a job can’t be too far behind.
What obstacles are in your life today? Do you see yourself as a victor or a victim? Do you have an “I can do all things through Christ” attitude, or do you think He’s always out to get you when things go wrong? This family has lived a victorious life for over 3 years even though they have had one crisis after another. A grateful and positive attitude didn’t change their circumstances, but it did change them, for the better. With all we have gone through over 2020 and into 2021, perhaps today we should think of all the ways our life has changed and how it has changed us for the better also.