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The end of March means the changing of the seasons. Winter is ending, the colors are changing, and blooms are lurking just under the surface. Every parent knows what season is next.
That’s right! It’s IEP season!
I will never forget our first IEP meeting. I had no idea what to expect and certainly no idea of what was about to happen.
The room was full of early intervention therapists, school therapists, service providers, teachers, administrators…I’m pretty sure I even met the Governor and the Secretaries of Transportation and Veteran’s Affairs!
Later this week we will meet for our son’s twelfth IEP. That thought made me imagine.
What if God did an IEP on each one of us every year?
What if you got summoned to the throne room of Heaven once a year for God to complete an IEP on you?
“Thanks for coming in today Mr. Davidson. My name is Michael. Let me introduce you to the others here today. This is the LORD God, and to his right is Jesus Christ, I believe you two first met when you were 11 years old Jeff.”
In front of God is a huge file folder with my name written across it in a beautiful calligraphy.
God opened the file and began to speak.
“I’d like to start by discussing Jeff’s strengths and positive characteristics we’ve observed. He has a wonderful sense of humor and works well with others. He stays motivated and has a vivid sense of imagination.”
“Our evaluations show he tests well in transparency, and he shows real improvement in valuing those like him as well as those not like him. We have moved his mercy ranking from a 3 to a 4 based upon his performance this year. He demonstrated practically no mercy at all several years ago, so the direct services have helped him make great strides in that area."
“Our testing reveals a real aptitude for leadership, administration and teaching, putting him in the upper quadrant.”
“However, our real life observations in the field also show some serious deficiencies and areas he continues to lag far behind that we need to address."
“Jeff continues to place a much higher value on receiving grace than he does on giving grace to others. He also continues to struggle with pride, envy, and jealousy.”
“His latest evaluations show he can be judgmental and quick-tempered. Right now we are just looking at this on a consultative basis, but if it doesn’t improve we may have to start providing direct services once a week,” God concluded.
At that moment Jesus spoke up, “I’m here today as Jeff’s advocate. Can I see the file please?”
Michael noted all this into my folder and slid it across the table to Jesus.
Jesus scribbled something on the front page although I couldn’t make it out from across the table. Then he slid the folder back to God, who opened it and glanced at the front page.
God then turned in my direction and announced that there had been a revision made to my IEP.
“A provider has stepped up and agreed to cover all your deficiencies and make up for all the areas you are lacking. Based upon his review of the file, we deem you perfect in our standing. He has agreed to add your scores together with his own so now you have a spotless record."
Michael handed me my heavenly IEP back for my signature. As I scribbled my name, I noticed my file now only contained one page. The rest had disappeared. I snuck a glance at the page as I signed my name.
The word “Mine” was written boldly in blood across the page right above the scrawled signature of Jesus himself.
And then I looked at the name on the file. Jesus had marked through my name, again with his blood, and had written his own name on the front of the file where mine used to be.
Michael grinned at me as we walked out and whispered, “No matter how often I see him do that, it never gets old!”
PRAY: "Father we're so thankful that your mercies are new every morning, and for your everlasting faithfulness. Thank you that your word says you are the God who fights for us."