Lisa is a quadraplegic with SMA
I want to introduce you to Lisa.
She has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) . Her disease began when she was still a baby and has continued throughout her life. It has left her almost completely paralyzed. The only muscles she can control are one finger on her right hand, her face and her voice. Despite those limitations, she has earned two college degrees online, regularly teaches an online class and runs her church’s website. And she gives all credit to her Lord Jesus.
Lisa is now 60 + years old. According to the experts she was supposed to be dead a long time ago. But, as Lisa will tell you, she loves to transcend limits for fun. Above all, Lisa tells you she is a follower and believer in Jesus Christ. And that faith means everything to her.
What happened when this disabled person put her faith in Christ
In her posting on Facebook Lisa describes her typical day
As I write these paragraphs, it is Wednesday. That means my short day for the week—I have a regular gathering tonight. My To-Do List is still pretty intimidating!
My morning devotional reading was light, but encouraging: Portals of Prayer, Memorial Moments, and Gibbs’ Concordia Commentary on Matthew (Volume 1, for now…)
I checked four of my email addresses, the others will have to wait.
I worked on a speech I will give this November and updated my personal blog. The pile of magazine articles that I need to read is going to have to wait until tomorrow. The memoir I’m writing about growing up with SMA in the 60s will probably have to wait until tomorrow, too. I did some minor preparation for the ethics class I will teach in the spring (online) at Concordia University , Nebraska.
On my church’s website <http://ziontomballtx.org/>, I edited and added Pastor Franzmeier’s audio from his most recent sermon. I also updated some of the plug-ins to the software. I will probably work on a couple of the email lists: prayer team and book club. I’m learning to administrate Moodle so we can add classes website. I will probably be teaching two of those in the fall: A Roaring Gallop through Church History & Hello, My Name Is Single. Maybe. (Reading “Moodle for Dummies” is helping with that project…)
I need to update my writing website: <http://lmstapp.com/> and work on writing some Flash Fiction stories.
After that, messing with genealogy files will hold my attention for a while. I will check out a play-by-email game from my email address. Maybe I will take time to practice learning a little bit more of the Star Trek Klingon language… Or not. I may check into my character at SecondLife. (Currently, she is sort of SteamPunk… She rarely talks to other people, though. She prefers hanging out at the libraries and historical sites.)
In my free time I’m reading a biography of CS Lewis and a collection of mysteries by Agatha Christie, and will soon add some collections of Sherlock Holmes…
Jesus makes the disabled walk
Lisa reminds me of a crippled man Jesus encountered during His ministry in Jerusalem (see John 5). He found the man in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate, a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. Those gathered around the pool believed that at certain times an angel came down to stir the water. If you managed to get into the water when that stirring happened you just might be cured. This particular man was about 38 years old and had been hanging around the pool for a long time.
When Jesus saw the cripple, he asked, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
You also can walk
The New Testament has a special word for weakness. It is a compound word: no-strength. Here is one passage that illustrates that meaning: :
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor. 12:9, NIV)
Lisa often prays for physical health. That prayer has not been answered. She still has SMA. However, Jesus keeps giving her amazing mental and spiritual strength. The same power is available to all of us who put our faith in Jesus as Savior and Risen Lord.