When my wife and I were newly married we moved to Cincinnati, OH for graduate school. We moved into a small one bedroom apartment on the west side of Cincinnati. Being a newlywed living in a new city means that we got to experience a lot of new things for the first time in our lives.
One of the new things that I got to experience for the first time was a dishwasher. My family had never had one growing up. My wife’s family however did have one. It wasn’t new to her. After living in our new apartment for a few days we had some dishes that needed washed. I wanted to make a good impression on my new wife by taking the initiative on doing the dishes for the first time. The only problem was that I didn’t know you had to use special soap that was only meant for the dishwasher. I loaded it up with regular soap, shut the door, and turned it on with a proud sense of accomplishment half expecting my wife to pat me on the back for a job well done.
It wasn’t but 15 minutes later that I heard my wife yelling from the kitchen. What could have gone wrong? Had I not just done something worth a pat on the back? Why was she yelling at me to get in the kitchen immediately? I raced to the kitchen and saw my wife standing in a sea of bubbles laughing at me. This little accident of mine is one of our favorite early memories of living together as a married couple.
It got me thinking. There are so many “accidents” that we experience on a seemingly daily basis. Just last week at our Adult Day Program one of our vans got in an accident. Two weeks ago I dropped a glass in the kitchen and it broke into thousands of pieces seemingly. I think back to when our kids were much younger and there were accidents happening around the clock. The only certainty seems to be that accidents are a constant in our lives.
Sometimes we are guilty of looking at ourselves as an accident. Some may have even heard their parents say that their birth was an “accident.” This can have some tragic implications when personalized.
When looking at a person with a disability some may even go as far as saying that God must have made them accident. I mean why would He make someone like that? This truly can be a stumbling block for people.
Well the good news in a world of accidents is that God makes no accidents.
Scripture though not always easy to digest is clear about this. Take Exodus 4:10-11 for instance. We see God and Moses talking back and forth here. Moses is struggling with the fact that he doesn’t feel he can overcome his disability.
10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” NIV
God makes it clear in these two verses that he has predetermined who will have a disability and who will not. God doesn’t seem to be concerned at the same level as Moses about the disability. God is determined to show his strength through Moses’ weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9 reminds us that, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” NIV
God makes all of us on purpose, for a purpose. Psalm 138:8 “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.” MEV
God will care for us our entire lives as we fulfill our purpose on Earth. We are no accidents, because God makes no accidents.