On November 8, I was one of about 500 people to attend a conference in Minneapolis titled, “The Works of God: God’s Good Design in Disability.” Desiring God held the conference (thanks to John Knight). The first speaker, a well-known pastor and author, was outstanding. What he said was powerful and significant and worthy of many listens. We enjoyed the power and kindness of God through his message.
Then a young lady named Krista Horning stood before us and shared a testimony (video below). Krista was born with Apert Syndrome and has endured over 60 surgeries. As she spoke, tears, thousands of them, began falling all over the room. I contributed to the flood! In those ten minutes Krista talked, the power of God was displayed not in a polished, world-renowned preacher, but in a young lady with multiple disabilities who was meticulously created by a sovereign and good God Who loves to display His power through broken vessels. She is a trophy of God’s grace. Here’s how she ended her story:
For now I live with disability.
Disability still says ugly things to me.
Disability is a part of this broken, sin-filled world.
But God has so many beautiful things to say.
And so I’m filled with hope.
God’s words grow louder and louder in my life.
The glory of his grace and mercy grow stronger and stronger.
I need to listen to his words.
I want to listen to his words.
God’s words change everything.
God’s beautiful words have changed my life.
And that is how I live with disability.