In 2008, I came across a video about an amazing man named Nick Vujicic who was born without arms and legs yet was inspiring millions of people around the world. I was intrigued and inspired yet quickly forgot about him and his story. In 2009, during an extremely challenging time in my life I responded to an altar call at an early morning worship service at a business function. I answered the invitation and left with some materials they gave me. The next day I told a Christian friend that I had responded and then went right back to living my sinful life without thinking anything of it.
Things seemed to progressively get worse in my life until the beginning of 2013 when I had a heart-to-heart with the very same Christian friend, and for the first time actually opened up to him about the challenges and struggles in my life. He asked me if I had prayed and asked God for help, and honestly I hadn’t even thought to do so. I had probably been to church less than 10 times in those previous four years, and certainly hadn’t read the Bible or prayed. However, when my frustration turned to desperation I decided to give it a shot.
In my parked car I broke down and cried out to God for the first time in my adult life. I pleaded for help changing my life. Later that very night, as I lay in bed not able to go to sleep, I found myself searching YouTube for inspirational videos and guess who I stumbled across again. You got it, Nick Vujicic.
I watched the first four segments of an 11 part video series someone posted of him speaking to high school students, and I cried and sobbed and purged all the bottled up emotion for almost an entire hour. God used this amazing man to speak to my heart, and share the love and truth of Jesus Christ with me and set me free from the burdens I had been holding on to.
I ended up rededicating my life to Christ and getting very serious about my pursuit of Him through prayer and Bible study. My life has been radically transformed.
Nick Vujicic’s joy, passion and incredible example of Christ’s love has made a monumental difference in my life and this past Sunday I was finally able to see him speak in person at a church about 30 minutes from my home. He did not disappoint. Nick’s life is a powerful example of how God works all things together for the good. (Romans 8:28)
He shared that, so far, his ministry has been able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with over 600 MILLION people! That is over 8% of the entire world population!
I have seen it validated in my life that God will take the very circumstances we feel are the source of all of our troubles and turn them around to share with the world that because of our brokenness, Christ can make us whole and complete. The truth is that it is specifically because of the unique way Nick was born that God has been able to use him in such a mighty way. As Nick always points out, if you take the word “disabled” and add “Go” in front, it spells out “GOD IS ABLED.” When the love of Christ became real to him and he began to GO and share that love with the world. God turned his mess into his message and he has helped change the lives of countless people, mine included.
There is one story I would like to pass on that beautifully demonstrates the depth of God’s love and His healing power. Nick shared of when he went to India in 2008, at a time when it was still legal to run brothel houses with minors who were kidnapped. After speaking to 650 slaves they went through the small dilapidated tin dwellings in the red light district and came to a particular home where the entire wall was covered in pictures of many of the 300 million hindu-deities.
The woman who lived there had been confined to a wheelchair for many years, and according to Nick “the oldest looking woman he had ever seen.” She was constantly shaking and unable to even close her mouth. They started telling her of Christ’s love and after a very hostile “friend” of hers entered the room telling them to leave, they were challenged to pray for healing for the woman to “prove their God was real.”
Nick shared how with his “tiny bit of faith” they began to pray and after a while doubtfully asked the woman to stand on her frail withered legs that had not been used in almost five years. When she winced in pain at the attempt they kept praying and after a few more moments Nick shared that the woman suddenly took a big breath, stopped shaking, and her eyes widened as she was clearly overcome by some kind of power or energy. She then stood up and started walking and bouncing without pain, jumping up and down and Nick jokingly said, “don’t break the legs God just healed!”
The angry woman who had entered turned to the wall and started praying an thanking their “gods” to which Nick said; “Wait a minute, you have been praying to those ‘gods’ for years and she never got better, it was not them that healed her, it was the true God, Jesus Christ.” I wish I had a video recording to share so you could hear him tell this powerful story in his words, but hopefully my retelling does it justice.
Nick shared how the woman who was healed didn’t accept Jesus as her savior that night but did two weeks later. And guess what else they found out? That very woman was the same woman who started the brothels and child sex trafficking business in that very city decades prior. She was the madame of all madames, and orchestrated the entire business from the kidnapping, to the pimps, to the brothels themselves. He shared how within two years of this event, running those brothel houses was made illegal.
Now if that isn’t a powerful story of God’s grace and love, I don’t know what is. If God can forgive a woman who almost single-handedly was responsible for something as atrocious as kidnapping young children and forcing them into prostitution, I think it is clear than there is no one beyond the reach of God’s love and forgiveness.
God is a father to the fatherless and can heal absolutely anything. He can turn around anything and anyone. If God would heal and forgive a woman so deep in darkness and sin, couldn’t He heal and forgive you? If God could use Nick Vujicic’s “disability” and turn it into one of the most impactful ministries the world has ever seen, how could He use your brokenness and circumstance for His purposes?