When Mordecai Brown was a child, he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball pitcher. His dream was dashed when his hand was mangled in a farm accident that severed his index finger, part of another finger, and broke his other fingers. The bones were not set properly so they healed in a deformed position. Even so, he tried rehabilitating by throwing rocks at knotholes on the barn wall. Over time he not only learned to throw again, but was able to throw an unusual curve ball because of the odd position of his fingers.
Amazingly, Mordecai, also known as “Three Finger,” became a pro baseball pitcher, winning 239 games in the major leagues and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Brown’s handicap enabled him to throw pitches with an unconventional movement that left batters bewildered—the curve ball that Ty Cobb called the most devastating he ever faced.
God loves to use your handicaps and weaknesses to confound those who feel superior. “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong” (1 Cor. 1:27).
Surrender your weaknesses to God and then watch Him work through you. The Lord told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).
Once you see God using you, don’t take credit for it. Give Him all the glory.