Chosen not Cheated

MS WalkThis has been MS awareness month.  It was created to shed light on the life altering illness of Multiple Sclerosis.  It is unfortunate, but true – many people don’t know much about MS, and wouldn’t know anything about it at all if months like this did not exist.   If MS hadn’t hit close to my home, I don’t know if I would have been as interested.
I haven’t been able to be gainfully employed since I was 24 years old. My only full-time job for the last 10 years has been: patient.
Statistically, I should be destitute. My father is over 70 years old, and had no intention of still living in this country at this point in his life, he still goes to work everyday. There is no extra 70K lying around here, yet I’m still alive,  that is God’s grace.
Sometimes the way you are treated as a disabled person can be  dehumanizing.  Many people don’t care, and they don’t care that they don’t care.  At times, I have worried that I was becoming quite bitter, fighting with this depression does not help matters, but I take my concerns to God, and He listens to me, and He understands. He gives me rest and even peace if I allow Him.
I’m so very grateful to have a home to live in, and a caring family.  I wasn’t always grateful though – at times on this journey, being sick felt more like a cruel joke than anything wholesome, but I heard Priscilla Shirer say something one day that I’ve always remembered – You haven’t been cheated, you’ve been chosen.
I don’t know why God chose me, but I am grateful that He did. Most days :-).

Chosen not Cheated was originally published on His Work in Progress