“We can’t, and we should not, compare sufferings. We come together as a family of God, hand in hand. And then together coming and standing upon the promises of God, knowing that no matter who you are, no matter what you’re going through, that God knows it, He is with you, He is going to pull you through.” – Nick Vujicic.
Nick Vujicic was born with phocomelia, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of legs and arms. Faced with countless challenges and obstacles, God has given Nick the strength to overcome obstacles that most people would view as insurmountable. Nick’s challenges have not kept him from enjoying great adventures, a fulfilling and meaningful career, and loving relationships. Nick has overcome trials and hardships by focusing on the promises that he was created for a unique and specific purpose, that his life has value and is a gift to others, and that no matter the despair and hard times in life, God is always present.
As a child, not only did he deal with the typical challenges of school, he also struggled with depression and loneliness and questioned why he was different from all the other kids around him. But Nick had a choice, he could be angry at God or be thankful for what God gave him.
One of his favorite passages in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Imagine for a moment being born without arms or legs with no fingers to experience touch, no legs to walk, run or dance. To never hug your wife, or hold your child. How difficult would it to be thankful, to view God’s plan as prospering you.
It was at age 19 that Nick started to fulfill his dream of being able to encourage others and bring them hope through motivational speaking and sharing his story. The shift in consciousness began with another Bible passage, when he read John 9. Jesus said that the reason the man was born blind was “so that the works of God might be displayed in him.“ He believed that God had a plan for him and that was using him in ways that others could not be used. Nick says, ”If you believe God has forgotten you, he hasn’t. He didn’t forget me.”
Whatever your pain or struggle, God has a plan for you. Just ask Nick.
- What would it be like to have no arms or legs? How would your life be different?
- How do you think Nick is able to stay so positive despite his physical disability?
- What can we do this week to embrace the plan God has for each of us?