It’s not even in the Bible.
He never said it.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a mostly devout – yet lapsed – dyed-in-the-wool Catholic. I know my stand up/sit down/kneel and holy hand jives and actually read a good chunk of the Good Book throughout sixteen years in Catholic grade school, high school and college.
Yet never once did it occur to me that someone clever came up with that phrase as a way to con special needs parents into thinking that having a child with special needs is some kind of blessing. Because Lord knows we hear that message over and over and over again.
The child is always the blessing. A beautiful, magical, amazing, inspiring kind of blessing.
Not the disability.
A little research led me to learn that the whole made up phrase has its roots in a legitimate verse – Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Not sure how one fits with the other, but I like to think by “providing the way of escape,” God is giving us an “I got your back” shout out.
And frankly, that’s much more comforting.