“I AM going to deal at that time with all your oppressors,
I will save the lame
And gather the outcast,
And I will turn their shame into praise and renown.…”
I love every phrase in this verse.
Especially the part where Jesus “deals” with ALL my oppressors. I picture Him in full power, sternly pointing His finger at all my enemies, promising,
“I AM going to deal with you.”
I can’t wait. I’m tired of my soul’s oppressing unseen enemies telling me it’s never going to get better – which, of course, it may not. But that’s not the point. The point is this: whether or not it gets better, Jesus will be with me, AND make the journey bearable and worthy, until it’s time for Heaven, and then it’s ALL better. (They always leave those parts out.)
I love Jesus for saving the lame. There’s definitely a lameness inherent in hidden disabilities, or we wouldn’t be using the word “disabilities”. There was a time when everything my husband’s mind touched turned to gold (figuratively). Straight A’s, cum laude, creative…but then God allowed his mind to become very lame in one aspect – bipolar. He thinks it may have saved his soul - which didn’t know how much it needed saving, until his “strength” became lame. A good mind is a great asset, but a poor god.
God tenderly gathers the outcast. Does anyone else feel the “outcast” part of hidden disabilities? I have. I do. Cast OUT – not brought IN. My husband feels this too. He hates that feeling. Sometimes he casts me “out” – out of his world, his priorities. Neither of us know exactly how much that tendency is due to disability or sin. We are working on it. Either way, I love God for being exactly the opposite. He gathers me in.
We pray that is one of the things God is doing through Chosen Families – creating community, so no one feels left out in the cold, alone. It’s like the children’s book, Horton Hears a Who — please hear us shouting, “We are here! We are here!”
I will turn their shame into praise and renown… If you are reading this, you know in this world there is shame associated with lameness and being outcast. (It’s not your imagination.) But — shame belongs to sin, not disability.
Shame is a divine gift, designed to drive me away from choosing damaging sin, and into God’s saving, forgiving arms. But Satan hijacks it, twists it, and attaches it to anything and everything – even innocent, good things – like all the fearfully and wonderful ways God made us unique. When I feel shame over things I did not choose and I cannot change, I want to hide from others and God, just as if I had sinned. (Satan loves that. God is going to “deal with” him.)
I love God for promising to TURN our shame into praise and renown. He’s going to make Himself famous, renown, by redeeming all the things that have shamed us….
I needed a theme song this week. Played it about 20 times…
You are Good, Point of Grace