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Sunday, June 29, 2014

God's Under the Bed

GodVine shared this: "My 
brother Kevin thinks God lives 
under his bed. At least that's what I heard him say one night. 

He was praying out loud in 
his dark bedroom, and I stopped outside his closed door to listen. 

'Are you there, God?' he said.

'Where are you? Oh, I see. Under 
the bed.' 

I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room.

Kevin's unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor.

I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in. He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor.

Apart from his size (he's 6'2"), there are few ways in which he is an adult. He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7 year old, and he always will.

He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas, and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them.

I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life? Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, returning to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed.

The only variation in the entire scheme are laundry days, 
when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a 
mother with her newborn child. 

He does not seem dissatisfied. He 
lopes out to the bus every 
morning at 7:05 eager for a day of simple work. 

He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day's laundry chores. 

And Saturdays -- oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That's the day my dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside.

'That one's goin' to Chi-car-go!' 

Kevin shouts as he claps his hands. His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights.

I don't think Kevin knows anything exists outside his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips. He doesn't know what it means to be discontent. His life is simple.

He will never know the entanglements of wealth or power, and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats. He recognizes no differences in people, treating each person as an equal and a friend.

His needs have always been met, and he never worries that one day they may not be. His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he is working.

When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it. He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does not leave a job until it is finished.

But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax. He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others.

His heart is pure. He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept, and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of argue.

Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry. He is always transparent, always sincere.

And he trusts God. Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ, he comes as a child. Kevin seems to know God -- to really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an 'educated' person to grasp.

God seems like his closest companion.

In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity, I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith. 

It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions. It is then I realize that perhaps he is not the one with the handicap -- I am.

My obligations, my fears, 
my pride, my circumstances -- 
they all become disabilities 
when I do not submit them 
to Christ.

Who knows if Kevin comprehends things I can never learn? After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence, praying after dark and soaking up the goodness and love of the Lord.

And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened, and we are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts, I'll realize that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who believed that God lived under his bed.

Kevin won't be surprised at all."

God's Under the Bed (As seen on GodVine 10/2/133)

Let’s pray:

   Father, oh to have simple child-like faith!
   May we take a lesson from Kevin, and simplify our lives, so we can appreciate life a lot more today.
   Bring my heart closer to You, Father. Open my eyes to how near You really are to me.
   Help me remember that children, like Kevin, have 'an in' with You in their simplicity of faith.

   In Jesus' Name I ask this. Amen  

Lead me LORD (song) 

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 35:10 "All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?"

Today’s quote: Jean Wilund Knowing the truth changes your perspective. God’s Word is the truth and the right perspective. People will still die and bad things will happen, but God will always bring joy and delight to your heart, even in the midst of it, through the promises, perspective, and truth of His Word.”

Some thoughts today: An attitude of worship helps us to be 
receptive to God's willingness to heal us today. As God is 
sovereign, He will do what His desire is for you. Trust Him 
in your situation.

- Did you know that we can be the extended hands of Jesus? It's true. Reach out to those in need with healing hands for Him, using the Name of Jesus Christ. For it is in His Name where the power of the Holy Spirit resides. Are you prayed up and full of faith? (see Matt. 10:1;  Mark 16:18)

- If you know a family that is successfully raising their children in the way of the Lord, learn from them! Be convinced that God will help you, too.

July 1st- Tuesday’s post:  #97  The Rewards  C. Peter Wagner

3rd- Thursday's post:  #98  How to Pray for Pastors  C. Peter Wagner

5th- Saturday's post:  Regaining the Right Perspective  Penny Hunt

6th- Sunday's post:  Re-Framing the Picture  Julie Ackerman Link

 “Those who have loss of character make a choice.” –Cindy 
Kasper  “It isn’t the tranquil and placid seas that bring out 
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and toss it about at will. --Ritter (Our Daily Bread)

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