I was asked by one of my friends with special needs, “Did God make me this way?” I flippantly answered, “Of course; you’re made by God.” However, I didn’t answer his question. I answered who made him, not whether or not God made him with such physical limitations. The more I talked with my friend who asked me the question, the more I learned about who God is. We were talking again one day, and I knew I’d never fully answered his question, so I said, “Friend, you are made in the image of God. I truly believe that He knitted you together in your mother’s womb.” His response was, “Even with my limitations?” “Yes, even with your physical limitations,” I replied.
I’ve come to realize that we all have limitations. Some of our limitations may be physical, some may be mental, some may be circumstantial, but we all have limitations. We all have shortcomings. We all mess up. Nobody’s perfect. The more time I’ve spent with my friends who have disabilities, the more I’ve learned about seeing others the way God sees us. He sees us as beloved sons and daughters regardless of our limitations or mistakes. He sees us as His masterpieces. He spent time making us wonderfully complex. God knows every moment of our lives, and He welcomes us into His loving embrace.
If we can see others the way God sees them, we won’t be so angry, hurt, or disappointed when others mess up.
Allow Psalm 139:13–16 to shape how you see others this week. Allow your interactions with others to be transformed by seeing your co-workers, family, friends, and neighbors the way God sees them—as beloved sons and daughters.