Who Says You Cannot?
By Keiara Beverly
Have you ever dreamt up something so big that you brush it aside because you feel that it is beyond your abilities to accomplish it? Or someone deters you from chasing after your dreams?
For me, it’s been the story of my life.
There was always a doctor, peer, adult, or even a family member who told me what I would not be able to do because of my vision impairment. However, being the person that I was raised to be, “no” was an answer I rarely accepted. My mother taught me to always go after what I wanted, and if it doesn’t work, at least I attempted it and found out for myself that it may not have been the thing for me.
Our human nature tends to be subjected to taking “no” for an answer. Sometimes we are in a position where we feel that challenge is too big to conquer or we aren’t equipped with the right tools to reach a goal. We forget that although professionals are trained to inform us of our physical or mental restraints, there is a God who provides the resources we need to “reach the next step”, as Bishop TD Jakes once said, on the path that He has laid out for us.
While I am confident that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, I do get discouraged. But when I do, God continuously brings me back to this same passage:
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)
After reading this, I am reminded that no matter the circumstances, God equips us all with what we need in order for our abilities to suit the purpose He has for our lives.