For a lot of people, the main reason they reject following Christ or believing in a God is due to the fact that suffering, evil, and death exist in our world.
While it’s easy as a person of faith to want to immediately click our tongues when someone brings this up and want to chastise them for having the wrong view of God, sin, and the world, truth be told, they have a valid question when asking how a good God could allowing suffering into the world and do nothing about it.
The problem is, they’re simply wrong. God did do something about evil and suffering in the world. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross on behalf of sinners in order to provide redemption for His people and to make all things new. Because of this sacrifice — and His resurrection — one day there will be no more pain, misery, suffering, or death.
A solution to the problem has been provided, it’s just not been completely manifested yet.
That being said, everyone will suffer at some point in life. It’s part of the design of our journey, a pruning tool to be used in the hands of an Almighty, Holy, Powerful God who wants to transform us into the image of His Son.
Having faith that God will take the awful things we experience in our lives and use them to mature us in the faith and grow us in obedience allows us to suffer with grace.
Suffering with grace is something Gaelynn Lea knows a little something about.
Lea is a violinist who won the NPR 2016 Tiny Desk Contest for her amazing accomplishments, and boy is it an honor that is absolutely well deserved.
You see, Lea was born with an incredibly rare disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta, and as of now, there is no cure for it. This disorder makes a person’s bones fragile, causing them to break easily.
It’s a condition that might only last a few years, or, worst case scenario, an individual has it for life.
Lea was recently featured in a video where she talked openly about her disorder and what it has meant for her life, and what she has to say needs to be heard by every living soul on the planet.
via Activist Mom:
“You can’t eradicate disability,” she said.
Prior to her birth, Lea broke roughly 50 bones in utero. Many healed before she was born, but that led to her not forming and developing as normal. She entered the world with more challenges than you can imagine.
Lea discovered her love for music in the fourth grade, and she didn’t let her disability hold her back, noting that she viewed it as “an exciting challenge.”
She eventually picked up the violin, and her disability surprisingly provided her with the ability to create unique sounds due to the shape of her arms.
Fast forward to today, and she travels the country to share her music and her story, but she opposes being called an inspiration.
“My disability is part of who I am,” she says.
Lea goes on to comment on our culture’s current push to eradicate disability, saying such thinking is backwards, going on to note that she never allowed herself to be held back by her condition.
Instead, she chose to let it be something that actually propelled her forward, contributing to her success rather than preventing her from shining.
Check out this video of Gaelynn Lea:
Lea couldn’t be more spot on in her views about eradicating disability and how many of us “normal” folk seem to have the wrong perspective on the issue.
One of the most disturbing trends happening right now is going down in Iceland where any unborn children found to have Down syndrome is being aborted in an effort to eliminate the condition from the human population.
Yes, these “disabled” children are being murdered in the womb, not even being given a chance at life, despite the fact that many who have this issue are quite healthy and live normal lives full of joy and happiness.
Instead, they are the victims of liberal “mercy” and “compassion” which sees being dismembered and brained as preferable to having a condition that makes you different.
This is why we need more of Lea’s attitude in this world, a perspective that sees life as valuable, where suffering isn’t a hindrance but an opportunity to learn and understand the human condition in ways others couldn’t dream of.
Lea doesn’t like to be called an inspiration, but when someone handles their life situation, even when it’s incredibly difficult, with such class, how can you not be inspired?
I sincerely hope and pray for the best for this amazing woman and for the positive impact she’s sure to have on the world around her.