December 11, 2021 by  
Filed under Christian Life, Family Focus

By Diane Mayfield –

I hate limitations. There I said it. I’m frustrated when I can’t get up, hit the floor running, and get my list completed. What’s even worse is when I need someone else to help me do simple things like cut my meat or wrap my packages. Then I have to be on his timetable. If you haven’t guessed by now, internal peace is not filling me up.

Recently I had what was to be a minor surgery on my left pinky finger. I expected to have the pinky and it’s neighboring finger in a splint for two weeks. In my mind that was manageable. When I awoke from surgery, I had my left hand in a mitten-like soft cast from the tips of my fingers past my wrist. My thumb and index finger remained moveable. My sister referred to it as my claw. My hand looked like a lobster with only pinchers exposed. I quickly found I was quite limited in what I could do, even down to typing this article.

I know many others are for more limited than me. On TV, I recently saw the young Australian man who was born with no limbs. He’s written a book, drives a car, and fully enjoys life. He travels the world speaking about his faith and it’s enabling power. Believe me, I get it. I’m just a whiner trying to get to the other side of my pity party.

Nevertheless, in my quiet time with God instead of worship, I’m flooded with all my to do’s for this Christmas season. My claw hand slows me down way too much. You can then imagine my internal frustration and complaining to the Lord. God in His goodness got a hold of me, though, in the story of Martha and Mary. “Martha, Martha, the Lord said, You are worried and upset about so many things, but few things are needed-or indeed only one” (Luke 10:41-42 NIV).

Then I thought about, or I should say He brought to mind, Jacob wrestling with the angel in his desire to do things his own way. Jacob was crippled in that encounter. Paul was imprisoned when he wrote many of his profound letters inspired by the Holy Spirit. John was led to a deserted island where he was taken up in a vision of the end times. All of these men were limited in some way to accomplish God’s greater purposes. Even our Lord limited himself to become flesh and dwell among us that we might be saved.

Limitations, while I hate them, often happen so that He might increase in my life. That is if I am willing to surrender to His way and focus on what Mary did. That is to sit at his feet and listen to Him.

God, I pray I would see your face in this limitation. My desire is that You would increase in me and my ways would decrease.

About Diane Mayfield

Diane, a follower of Jesus, has a Bachelor of Journalism Degree, a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialty in counseling and is a Certified Coach. Married for 35 years and after raising three children, she returns to one of her first loves-writing.
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