Like me, I know you occasionally experience bumps and bruises to your body. My most recent mishap was a little more than a month ago when I broke a bone in the pinky finger of my right hand. A few days later, a surgeon realigned the bones in my finger, inserted a metal pin, and casted my entire arm below my elbow to keep things straight for a few weeks.
I was surprised at the number of adjustments I was required to make considering the injury was only to my pinky. Typing with the five fingers on my left hand and the index finger on my right hand was different. I couldn’t use the computer mouse with my right hand. The way I took a shower needed to be altered dramatically. Opening doors, driving, and how I exercised all changed in light of my inability to use this small part of my body.
In light of what I’ve experienced with my four special needs children, my little pinky problem doesn’t even register. But my recent struggles remind how our bodies are a unit made up of many parts.
What Paul Says
No matter how small, each part contributes to the function of our body. Paul uses the relationship that exists between the parts of our body to illustrate how God designed the Body of Christ to function. Writing to the Corinthian church, Paul said:
“God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where with the body be? … Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 18, 27
God’s Message To You
The message God wants you to hear is that you are so very important not only to Him but to all those around you. In the same way each part of your body is unique from all the others, God instilled in you a set of talents and abilities different from anyone who ever lived. No one else, not even one of the apostles or the prophets, has ever been able to do what God made you able to do. He made you specifically to meet the needs of people in ways no one else can.
Who knows, I may be one of the people needing what only you can offer. Better than anyone else, you may the best surgeon to help heal my most recent spiritual bumps and bruises. But whether it’s me today or someone else tomorrow, it’s safe to say that a great number of people throughout your lifetime will need your compassionate touch expressed through the unique mix of special qualities and gifts God has placed in you.