Is healing the only thing God has to offer for people with disabilities? If they are not healed, does this mean they do not have God’s favor? In my early years with the Christian faith, these questions haunted me. I loved Jesus and had cerebral palsy. I craved healing. I begged for healing. I also wanted to know if I didn’t get healed, what in this life does God have for me? Is there any examples of people with disabilities not being healed and they still had a blessed life. A life accepted by God? In the book of 2 Samuel, we meet Mephiboseth and God answers these questions in a beautiful way.
 Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son who was crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled, and as she fled in her haste, he fell and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.
(2 Samuel 4:4 ESV)
First off, we learn that he became disabled because of an accident, not because of personal sin. He was 5 years old and his nurse dropped him. What would God do for him? These circumstances were beyond Mephibosheth’s control. Would God have a plan for him?
God Blesses Mephibosheth Through David:
 And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”  Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.”  And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.”  The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.”  Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.  And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.”  And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.”  And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”
 Then the king called Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson.  And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master’s grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.  Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons.  And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Ziba’s house became Mephibosheth’s servants.  So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.
(2 Samuel 9 ESV)
When I first read this, I was blown away by the grace God. God never healed Mephibosheth. This is true. However, he poured his favor out in abundance. He returned all of his grandfather’s land back to him. He gave him workers to take care of the land and produce. He had a young son named Mica. He ate always at the king’s table. Did he still have this hard thing like a disability to deal with? Yes! But can we say he was also highly favored in God’s eyes? It’s a overwhelming yes! His life had a purpose. It was worth something!
A Seat at the King’s Table
Through my Christian walk, many people have told me that I don’t have God’s full blessing. That cerebral palsy is not his will for me. That I’m lacking because I don’t have healing yet. All I ever wanted was to know I am loved by God and that he accepts me. That he sees me like his other children. Like Mephibosheth, I come limping to the Lord’s table. I take my seat with my other brothers and sisters in Christ. We are nothing more, than equal members of God’s family. This is grace. I have humble confidence know that He approves of me. I belong!
That day when we are at the marriage supper of the Lamb, and we rejoice over how Jesus saved us and we recount the way he loved us I can’t wait to share. I will raise my glass and say:
“People said nobody would love me with cerebral palsy, He made me someone’s husband. People said I couldn’t have a family, He made me someone’s daddy. People said that I lacked faith and God didn’t have much for me, He made me a preacher of the Gospel! People said my life would count for nothing, He made me a director of organization that helps people with disabilities. People said I need healing, He said that His grace was sufficient for me! My life with this thorn of CP has been blessed. It’s all for him. He has not withheld good from me. Praise God!”
So, do I think pursuing healing is a bad thing? No way! God can choose to heal at anytime he wants. But Mephibosheth reminds us that God has higher plans than healing. When God heals, it’s for his glory. When he does not heal, this is for his glory. Disabled or not, we all have circumstances that are good and bad. Don’t miss God in it. He’s working for your joy and His glory. I’m thirty-three and still have cerebral palsy. I am also very blessed. If you have a disability or love a person with a disability, can look past the times God says no to healing and see all his greater yeses?