Photo: Gilbert Lennox

It’s Disability Monday. Someone has said 1 in 6 Americans has a disability, and I would assume world-wide that statistics must be even higher. One person who has been used to inspire those with disabilities is Joni Eareckson Tada. Her ministry sends me a daily email devotion. Today’s began with 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.”  I found this paragraph in her devotion today quite encouraging:

Over the years, my wheelchair has taught me to leave “providing” to the God of providence. Although it’s true my paralysis is often hard to bear, pain sears into my hip, and I feel utterly overwhelmed, the years have taught me to trust that God will provide. He will provide for me, just as He provided for Elijah. With a little oil in a jar and a handful of flour, Elijah outlived the famine (1 Kings 17:13-16).

Joni understands that providence is a comforting doctrine. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism has it:

What are God’s works of providence?     

   God’s works of providence are, his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.

Let us live this day trusting that God will provide.

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