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  • Shelly Roberts

Finding Hope Along the Path of Disabilities

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

Recently I began what seems like an endless job ... painting our wheelchair ramp. It's been a source of frustration for me for a very long time. One of the jobs that just never got finished. Let's face it - when you're often dealing with the critical {or maybe just plain worn out by the daily grind}, some things go left undone. The husband is a contractor by day and understandably {or so I try to be}, the last thing he wants to do when he comes home at night is paint a wheelchair ramp loaded with 80 some odd feet of spindle railing.

As I've brush stroked through nearly a gallon of paint so far, the memories come flooding over me. If this ramp could talk it would tell of so many moments ... some sending us off to fun days with friends and family functions ... others paving the way to be rushed off to emergency services. There have been times I didn't know if we'd be bringing our child back up the ramp to come home. Then there's the relief that comes with the sound of rolling my suitcase over the boards after a long hospital stay to see my people and collapse in the privacy of my bed.

While many of the memories are filled with anxiety and trauma ... they are also filled with HOPE. Not one of our days has taken God by surprise. He knew of all the planned trips {last week there were three to the city just for appointments alone} ... and of the ones we didn't see coming. He has been there when we receive good news and come home happy to have a plan for one of our kid's care and He has been there when we come home with broken hearts and a diagnosis that will only get worse. He's with us during every small victory and every pang of sorrow. He promises to always be so. And because of that we can face each day on this path of disability with the confidence that we are SEEN and LOVED by the One who called us to this journey.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

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