The Humility of Disability

I don’t know what my life would look like if I weren’t disabled, but I’m fairly certain that I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.  In writing this, I’m in no way saying that my disability is my crutch, or blanket excuse for not being humble in nature because I think we all struggle with humility.  I’m simply saying that my disability has made me humble in more ways than I could ever imagine.   That’s why Paul and Moses are two of my most favorite people in Scripture. 

Paul and Moses each had a moment of humility with God, where they had to surrender their pride and walk humbly into the calling God had placed on their lives.  For Moses, it was his fear and inadequacy for public speaking.

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

11 The Lord said to him, Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

Exodus 4:10-17 NIV

There is just so much I want to say here, but we would be reading a twenty page thesis.  Here’s my brief synopsis of the humility of disability from Moses’ story: His speech inpediment drove him to seek humility,  but that only happened after he chose to surrender his fear of inadequacy, so he could pick up his staff, as God had told him to do from the beginning of the conversation.

So, now, I want to challenge you by asking, will today be the day that you choose to surrender your pride and pick up your staff?  God has given all of us a staff.  If you don’t know what yours is, ask God to reveal it to you.

Paul, on the other hand, had quite an abrupt awakening to humility.  

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lords disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, Ananias!”

Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 Lord,” Ananias answered, I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Sauls eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Acts 9:1-17 NIV


Paul experienced the humility of disability when he literally fell to the ground and was blind for three days.  God humbles us, but only after He brings us out of our old selfish attitudes and behaviors.  

I can personally identify with each testimony of Paul and Moses, as I have experienced each of these humbling situations myself in terms of getting a fresh sense of humility through life’s difficulties.  I firmly believe that disability of any sort can lead us into greater humility with Christ, if we afford ourselves the opportunity to see the humility of disability.

© 2020 by Andrea Pierce. All rights reserved.


Published by Andrea Pierce

Sharing words of hope with others, so that they may come to know Jesus Christ.

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