Recently we were on a short holiday in Sri Lanka and travelling from Kandy to Badulla by train (a leisurely 7 hour scenic train journey). On the wall of the carriage in front of us above a row of seats was a sign in Sinhalese, Tamil and English. It read ‘Reserved for Differently Abled’.
As my current work has a key focus on equity and diversity I was thinking what a great way to describe someone with a disability, quite different to ‘disabled’ or even the current preferred phrase of ‘people with disability’.
As I sat there enjoying the passing scenery I hooked up my phone and began listening to some downloaded music and up came Chris Tomlin’s song The Table. As I listened I kept reading the sign on the wall. ‘Differently Abled’ became ‘God Abled’ and the phrase, linked to the song, became ‘Reserved for God Abled’.
What this God moment told me is that God has reserved a place for me at his table because I am differently abled – enabled and called by him.
It was an uplifting revelation and hope filled message, one of those small moments I will treasure. Even when we are far from home we can be assured our God is with us.
Revelation 3:20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and will dine with them, and they with Me.’