Disability and a Different Perspective on Miracles
Are miracles just God doing exactly what we ask for, or is there a different way to understand them? Dr. J.D. Kim, assistant director of the Doctor of Ministry Korean Global Campus and adjunct faculty in Theology, shares about his book, From Walking to Wheeling: How God Reconstructed One Man’s Dreams, and his story of suffering and finding faith and purpose after a life-altering snowboarding accident left him a quadriplegic. After the accident, Dr. Kim faced immense physical and emotional challenges. However, he recounts a pivotal moment when he reached out to God, asking for a miracle. He describes how, even though he didn’t experience a miraculous physical healing, he found a deeper sense of faith, hope, and purpose that transformed his perspective on suffering and miracles.
Dr. Kim also highlights the importance of understanding and ministering to people with disabilities in churches and communities. He emphasizes the need for genuine connection and inclusion, urging people not to be afraid to approach individuals with disabilities, but to reach out in love and fellowship. Dr. Kim’s story serves as a powerful testament to the transformative power of faith and the ways in which suffering can lead to profound spiritual growth and a deeper connection with God’s love.