Paralyzed, Disabled, & Stricken

Little 12-year-old Luca has muscular dystrophy.  As a result, he is extremely limited in what he can do.  In fact, the only movements he can make are very small, feeble motions with his fingers.  Because of his disability, Luca has often imagined himself doing things most boys his age are able to do.  One day he asked a photographer if there was any way to take photos which made it look like he was in motion.  The photographer came up with the idea of posing Luca on the ground, developing the scenes around him, and then taking the pictures from above.  Thanks to Luca’s imagination and some very creative photography, this boy was able to see pictures of himself riding a skateboard, shooting a basketball, break dancing, and even climbing stairs.  Take a look:










What touching photos these are.  It is heart wrenching to think about how much Luca desires to do these things but is unable to do so.  There so are many in our world today who are paralyzed or are suffering with various kinds of disabilities and problems.  Many years and millions of dollars have gone into research to find cures and fixes for today’s aliments.

It is for this reason that verses like Matthew 4:23-24 are so incredible: “Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.  The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them” (emph. mine).

No disease or physical problem was ever too much for Jesus.  He was able to heal every single person that came to him!  If this still happened today, people all over the world like Luca would be desperately searching for Jesus to be healed by Him.  While it is sad such cures are unavailable today, there is good news.  God is preparing a place where “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain” (Revelation 21:4).

No matter how large or small our problems are here, none of them will carry over into heaven.  Let’s make sure we are living according to God’s commands so we can partake in this wonderful prize!

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