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No, she sobbed, as the communion tray was passed, they skipped Bob! Its like they dont see him because he is just a little person in a wheelchair.
After she calmed down and went back into the service, I sat down on a bench in the foyer. I loosened my tie and thought awhile. Of course I would talk to those passing the communion trays. Of course the slight was unintentional. At the same time, I faced a hard question: Am I skipping over Bob?
A week later, my family and I were invited to their home for Sunday evening dinner. We all sat in the living room, but there was no Bob and no wheelchair in sight! As we relaxed in the living room, something large shot across the floor behind me. It skittered around the corner, and then into the kitchen. It took me a moment to realize that the skittering blur was Bob!
No one else said a thing. No one seemed surprised. You see, Bob was only mobility impaired when he was confined to his wheelchair and around big crowds in tight spaces. At home, he could zoom around the house at what seemed like the speed of light, using his powerful upper arms to quickly skitter around the rooms.
All of us have problems to deal with.|
How about the hills youre trying to climb? Feeling a little sorry for yourself? Its easy to do, isnt it! And it even feels good, at least for a little while. Somehow God just doesnt seem to be coming through for you with that picture of perfect Providence! You may have even started becoming very discouraged. How are you going to combat the struggling uphill runaway blues as a Christian?
Well, since were approaching Thanksgiving, and these struggling uphill runaway blues are really in season, wed better talk some straight Christian turkey here!
Your talents, your abilities, the dawn of each new day, the breath you take, the Bible you read, the lips you move to word each prayer, your precious family, your friends, and thousands of other things all matter very much to God and those around you. Feeling sorry for yourself doesnt help you or anyone else. It only makes the hill steeper and the climb harder.
Yes, this is the Thanksgiving season. It will quickly become the pre-game warm up for Christmas. But forget Christmas and all those things youd like to get. Take a minute, find a pencil, and write down all you are thankful for. Be wild and free. List all the little things you take for granted, from being able to draw a breath to being able to have socks on your feet. Even thank God for the hills you have to climb. Each of these hills is a reminder of the God who longs to bless you and bring you to a better place. He doesnt want to just leave you confined to a wheel chair in a busy crowded place where were trapped and cant get around.
Im thankful for Bob. Im thankful for what he taught me about confining people to a box made of wrong conceptions and limiting them to options only Ive considered. Im thankful for God and His Word. Im thankful for you reading to this point because you want to climb your hills. Im thankful for the words God has given us to share. But most of all, Im thankful for the hills I have to climb that remind me Im not where I want to be yet. But, Im getting there, and soon Ill be over the top of my last hill and will join Bob in the home of no limitations!
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