Hey! Today I want to share something else that God has placed on my mind a lot recently. I hope and pray that this will bring comfort and encouragement to you as it did for me.
I have been born with a genetic defect in my collagen, the “glue” that holds my body together. For a long time after my diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome I was hurt, confused and angry at everything. I remember many nights crying out to God, “why have you let this happen me?” But then one day I noticed this beautiful verse,
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139: 13 – 14.
I have not been created with EDS by mistake, I was created by God on purpose with a purpose. My genetic abnormality, although it is unusual, although my faulty genetics is not like everyone else’s doesn’t mean it’s a mistake. My collagen defect is perfectly normal for me and I’ve been created by God just the way I’m supposed to be. God does not make mistakes. My Ehlers-Danlos is not a mistake, as I said above, we all have been created for a purpose, on purpose. I may not yet understand, but it is my prayer that I will live each day reminding myself of this and using my EDS for God’s purpose that He has for me.
This wheelchair, this brace, this sling is no mistake. Nor is my pain, my dislocations, my sickly stomach or my fragile skin. All of this is on made on purpose for a purpose and I give thanks to God that He has made me just the way I am.
God wants us to love and respect ourselves, faults and all, just the way our Maker loves us. The character of God goes into every person, for we are created in the image of God. Therefore, if you ever feel worthless or begin to hate yourself or your faults, remember God is willing and ready to work within you for His purpose.
No life is a mistake, God does not make mistakes and my disability is no mistake either.