Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask for or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
When you look at the picture on the left what do you see? A bunch of scribbles and lines? At first glance I thought the same thing. What I see now after knowing “the rest of the story” is countless hours of work and determination to express oneself. I see, with the help of the right people put in place, I see expectations blown away, more accomplished than what could ever be hoped for. Look closely again…What do you see? I will give you a hint…look for the faint formations of letters. Can you see them now? M-A-T-T-H-E-W
We were blessed this week with Matthew taking a piece of chalk, and with a little prodding and help from Tracey, one of the right people in Matthew’s life, began writing words on his chalk board.
This is just another example of not placing someone in the proverbial “box” and just accepting the prognosis of what the “normal” expectations of people “just like him” will amount to and be able to do. I know there are many more examples out there in the Special Needs community just like this. I know of several parents and caregivers who do not accept “normal” expectations when it comes to those who are entrusted to them.
The same is true of our Father in heaven. He never is content with normal and the status quo. He has a perfect plan of success and blessings, if only we conform to the plan that he has placed in front of us. I will never forget the words of a dear friend of mine, Alan, who is now with his heavenly Father. While playing golf with him one day I spent more time in the woods and water, while he was able to shoot straight to the pin. His words to me still ring: “Kevin, the game of golf is much like our lifelong journey to our heavenly Father. Sure, you want to take as few shots as possible, but even if you take a few more than the other guy (in my case, many more), the main point is to meet here at the same spot (the pin). In other words, some of us may go off on a not so beaten path and stray, but your next shot should always be toward the pin.”
What do you see? Where are you aiming on your next shot?