She floated past our room like a dissolving shadow, only to stop short and turn around.
"You're singing harmony like I do, Mom," our eldest daughter noticed. "Now I know where I get it from. I like to harmonize too."
Her comment brought a smile to my face, because I can remember all of those years she longed to be the center of attention without ever being noticed. When a person is singing harmony, they are typically in the support role, rather than the lead singer, who draws all the accolades. Time had changed her.
When we begin to build a family, we have big hopes and dreams for our children. Will our son follow in his father's footsteps by being a star football player? Will our daughter be valedictorian of her class like her mother was? Or maybe our dreams aren't even that ambitious. Perhaps we just have the simple goal of our child being an average, hard-working citizen, good neighbor, and honest friend.
When our child is diagnosed with a special need, many of those dreams can take a back seat to reality. Our desires are subjugated by God's permitting will. It is painful, and we wonder if we will ever sing again at times.
Today's verse comes from a section of the Gospel that details John the Baptist's response to his followers who are upset when they discover that Jesus is also baptizing the repentant. John is now singing harmony, and Jesus takes the lead. He teaches us the key to finding joy in a supporting role. John the Baptist realizes that he is not the star in life's concert. He remembers his place, and is glad to play the part God has assigned him in the kingdom. In fact, he reminds his followers, "I told you before, I'm not the Messiah." (v 28)
By learning to sing harmony like John the Baptist did, we have the privilege of being used to bring glory to God. Our lives are arrows pointing towards our Majestic Maker. Life may not have turned out to be the way we expected, with us in the lead. But in fact, none of us ever truly are the star.
Rick Warren shows us in his PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE, that Scripture reveals...
[Also known as Worship]
We were formed for God's family
[Also known as Fellowship]
We were created to become like Christ,
[Also known as Discipleship]
We were shaped for serving God
[Also known as Ministry]
We were made for a mission
[Also known as Evangelism]*
When we realize who we are and who our children are in Christ, that support role, singing in harmony, suddenly has infinite worth and value. We discover delight in saying, "He must increase, and I must decrease." Special needs are merely special ways to reflect the glory of God.
What a gift!
PRAY: LORD, there are days when I feel disappointed because life doesn't go the way I think it should. Please remind me on those days that You are just providing me another unique opportunity to reflect Your glory to a darkened world.
~ Barb Dittrich
* Adapted from PurposeDriven.com