Being disabled should never be considered a misfortune, because our Almighty Creator works in mysterious ways. He knows the true nature of our souls and so a person’s perceived handicap may, in actual fact, be a blessing in disguise. For example, Oscar Pistorus may have had a very impulsive, bad-tempered nature, and so being born without fully grown legs was perhaps God’s merciful way of curbing his bad personality traits – so that he does not harm himself or others in this life. Similarly, Stephen Hawking was probably born disabled to help him to better reflect on the nature and attributes of God:
“Hawking did not rule out the existence of a Creator, asking in A Brief History of Time “Is the unified theory so compelling that it brings about its own existence?” In his early work, Hawking spoke of God in a metaphorical sense. In A Brief History of Time he wrote: “If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we should know the mind of God.” In the same book he suggested the existence of God was unnecessary to explain the origin of the universe. Later discussions with Neil Turok led to the realisation that it is also compatible with an open universe. ” [Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking%5D]
Perhaps God in His mercy wished salvation for Stephen Hawking in the life to come, so he was born in a way which would limit his ability to harm humanity with false doctrines about the existence of God. However, there are evil people born into this world without any handicap, but that is perhaps because God has decreed that they will suffer the full consequence of their misdeeds in the afterlife, and perhaps their evil doing is a lesson to us all. Some people think that a handicap is a misfortune and try to correct it, without ever trying to understand the possible wisdom behind such a perceived defect.
Handicapped people are often pushed to behave and perform like “normal” people. But who says normal people are really normal anyway? Perhaps it is them that have the real handicap. Often it is the case that people who are considered “crazy” turn out to be absolute geniuses – like the artist Vincent Van Gogh, who behaved in eccentric ways but produced artistic masterpieces. Also, for example, people with autism may have a special gift with numbers. Therefore, society should not be too overly concerned with trying to ‘cure’ people with disabilities – just so that they may fit the currently perceived idea of human perfection. A ‘handicap’ must be seen in the context of God’s eternal mercy upon humanity, and it should cause us to behave with more compassion, tolerance and understanding towards one another.
Someone may appear to be ‘beautiful’ in our society – because they have what seems to be the ideal features, but their true inner evil nature may be hidden from view – like in the fairy-tale story “Sleeping Beauty”. The evil queen only thinks she is beautiful because of her false reflection in the mirror – which only allows her to see what she wants to see, but God reveals her true ugly nature for all to see. Let us pray that God opens up our eyes to who we truly are inside, and not to what people wish us to be – just because of their own inherent prejudices of who they think we should be. We must always strive to be ourselves at all times, and pray to God to help us to perfect our souls for His eternal mercy and salvation.
Music video “Reflection” – song from Disney’s Mulan: