By Nichole Deakins
"When you don't get a miracle, you can be a miracle to someone else."
Nick prayed for arms and legs. It was a simple request to God, and Nick knows such a miracle would not be too difficult for the Creator who spoke the world into existence. He even described to the crowd in Nampa, Idaho how amazing it would be if God would grant him the miracle of arms and legs while he was speaking on stage to us. Wouldn't that be incredible? Wouldn't that type of miracle explode all over the news and social media? We would see with our very own eyes the power of God, and people would then believe. It seems like a no-brainer to us.
But God doesn't always work the way we think He should. At times, we don’t understand why He does not respond; our wishes and requests seem so right to us. If God is a good God then why wouldn't He grant us these good pleas for a miracle?
Why wouldn't He want to give Nick a whole body? These are the situations that can bring about doubt, discouragement, confusion, and even bitterness. But I did not see those emotions in Nick, who has every right to ask "Why me?" and to believe life is unfair.
In 2010, I watched thousands of people in Arequipa, Peru gather to hear Nick speak about his faith and life with God. Because of his story and his words, people's lives were transformed. They found Truth. They found Hope. They found purpose and the strength to keep going. They found freedom from bondage and healing from a Loving God they had never known before.
Nick's life could have been wasted with self-pity and bitterness and anger when his life did not turn out as he had prayed. Instead, the "handicap" he was born with has become the very thing God has used to draw people to Himself and change the lives of others in miraculous ways.
Nick hasn't received the miracle he prayed for, but he has experienced first hand the miracle workings of God through him. He has become a miracle to someone else -- in fact, to countless amounts of people all over the world because he knows God is bigger than any deficiencies.
"My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 (NLT)
When life throws us a curve ball, we have a choice. Do we focus on what's seemingly unfair, or do we find God's strength in our weakness? Do we hang on to doubt, or can we grasp ahold of a steady, trustworthy, and loving Father, who can work through all things? Or, as my mother-in-law would ask, "Are we going to let this make us bitter or better?"
Nick said it succinctly, "I don't need to know God's plan for my life, I just need to know He has one." Rest assured, God has a plan for you, and it's probably bigger than the miracle you are asking for. In fact, the miracle is in sight, looking back at you in the mirror each morning...that miracle is you!
When you don't get the miracle you want, be the miracle others are praying for.