Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lessons from Sparkles

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

My nine year old step-son (Wolfgang) wrote a book about his pet rock.  I would put it in the autobiographical comedy genre.  
  • His rock, Sparkles, doesn't have eyes and "is only sparkly, bumpy and hard."  Wolf wears glasses that are constantly so dirty that he looks over the top of the frames to see his item of focus. 
  • Sparkles has a die-hard passion for sports: "He wants to play sports but he can't because he is just a rock.  He tries to play but it does not work out so well."  Wolf loves sports but struggles with the more technical aspects of playing them. 
  • Sparkle's favorite food is pizza topped with toothpaste-flavored jelly beans so that he can brush his teeth while he is eating.  Wolf also loves pizza and [apparently] is extremely annoyed at the amount of time it takes to brush his teeth. 
  • Sparkle's least favorite weather is "tornados and hurricanes" and has a list of "favorite people" that is 13 people long, six of which are step-relatives.  Wolf loves any weather that makes it into the Guinness Book of World Records and has a wonderfully complex blended family that he loves with unwavering strength. 
The joy with which Wolf (and Sparkles) live each day is such a perfect example of the faith I should be walking in. 
  • How many times do I lack vision - just like Wolf's dirty glasses and Sparkles bumpy body - but respond with complaints instead of thanksgiving for what I do have? 
  • Do I rejoice always at any opportunity to love my neighbor or rather let my "just a rock" shortcomings justify my inactivity? 
  • Do I pray continually for new wisdom that allows me to see unique pizza/toothpaste potentials? 
Rejoice always.
Pray continually.
Give thanks in all circumstances. 
For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 

Wolf really does have it right.  In so many ways, I am the disabled one, not him.  He lives each day jumping and squirming joyfully in the will of our God - what an awesome child I am blessed to raise! 

PRAY:  Lord, be my rock.  Please guide me to see everything around me as you see it.  I am so sorry for all the times that I focus on the struggle of the temporary rather than the beauty of your eternity.  Thank you for entrusting me with such a joyful reminder of your call to rejoicing, prayer and thanksgiving.  I am in awe of you and your creative ways!  Amen. 

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