It is a challenge to work with children with disabilities. The question “why?” often arises. At the same time you realize how privileged you are. I am not (physically or mentally) disabled and therefore have much reason for thanksgiving and praise. God's work is pefect. When then do we stop questioning this and start to ask why God made someone in a certain way instead? - (A question that most of us probably ask when we encounter a severely disabled person.) Can we say that Psalm 139 and especially verse 14 is true for all people?
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.”
I believe that this Psalm is true for every person. Although God did not plan man to be disabled (physically, mentally or spiritually), it does not change the fact that God's creation is wonderful. As God's children we can, despite our disabilities, worship and praise Him through our lives and give Him joy. I even believe that God has chosen some disabled children not despite, but because of their disability to be special witnesses for Him and a light to the world. One of the mothers who attended our camp made a decision there to follow Jesus. Her child was used to lead that mother to Jesus. And this is surely not the only instance where a disabled child has been used to bring someone to the Lord. A disabled child can definitely be a witness for Jesus.
The more I work with children with disabilities and also pray for them, the more I experience joy when I am with them. I really see the simple, but true joy that they radiate. Through God's grace I can grasp how He sees these children. What joy and love He has for them! So we can wholeheartedly pray Ps 139 for every child with a disability:
"O Lord you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me... Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. If I say 'Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night', even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you? For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!? I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end? —I am still with you." (Psalm 139:1-18 The Holy Bible : New Revised Standard Version)