Fanny Crosby, author of more than 9,000 hymns and another one thousand secular poems and songs, never let her physical challenges stop the call she had on her life. She also never let her disability get in the way of her relationship with God.
Fanny was born in 1820 with full eyesight. However, at six weeks of age, she developed inflammation of her eyes. The family's regular doctor was unavailable, so they sought the help of a man who claimed to be qualified but wasn't. He produced a "remedy" that ended up scarring Fanny's eyes, blinding her for life.
Growing up blind was not easy, but Fanny never blamed God for her blindness. Unlike many of us when we find ourselves in undesireable circumstances, she didn't ask "Why me?" Instead, she determined to make a difference in this world. She expressed that desire in her first poem:
O what a happy soul am I!
Although I cannot see,
I am resolved that in this world,
Contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy,
That other people dont.
To weep and sigh because I'm blind,
I cannont and I won't!
When adversity happens, people repond in different ways. Some give up. Some get angry with God. And some become even more determined to reach their goals and dreams. Thank God Fanny chose the latter! With out Fanny's songs, such as "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior," and "Blessed Assurance," how different would our world be today?
So, are you letting something hold you back? If you've been dealing with a painful disability or been emotionally scarred from the actions of others, God cares about you and has a purpose for you! He knows you are hurting, and He wants to give you beauty for ashes. He wants you to know that His plans for you have been in existence since before the foundations of the earth and haven't changed! He has a plan to prosper you, to give you life and hope!
If you don't know what the plan is that God has for you, ask Him to show you. He has promised that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Hold to His promises and commit to carry out all that He has for you to do. Like Fanny, you are an important part of His overall plan for this world, expecially those around you.