Friday, April 25, 2014

We are blessed??? Huh, how's that??


 “‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and your looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you sick or in prison and got to visit you?’  The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"
Matthew 25:35-40, NIV

If I didn’t know what a strong Christian she was, I (Deb) might have wondered if she had one too many glasses of wine!  Why?  Because my friend, Amy, who has two sons with Angelman Syndrome (a mutation of the 15th chromosome characterized by developmental delays across the board—fine and gross motor, cognitive, lack of speech, seizures, orthopedic impairment, sleeplessness, etc.) was sharing with me how incredibly blessed she is.

And not only was she saying this about herself, but about myself as well, since my son, who has autism and is non-verbal, requires so much care. What the heck was she talking about??

Amy’s story:

I was driving in my car listening to Christian radio and Matthew 25: 35-36 was read aloud.  Initially I was very frustrated because I want to go out and serve people.  I want to go to third world countries and serve those kids who are thirsty and hungry and need clothes. Having two children with severe disabilities has made that impossible for me. 

The Lord made me see, however, that He has given me something very special to do.  He has given me the opportunity to live out these verses every single day. The above verses aren’t just applied to serving people in third world countries—it also applies to my situation.  My boys can’t eat unless I feed them or drink unless I get it for them.  In the past this included specialized cups, straws and feeding chairs. They don’t get dressed unless I get the clothes and physically put them on piece by piece.

What I blessing that whatever I do for them I do for Jesus!  This is what the Lord allows me to do every single day as I take care of my children who the world considers the least of these.  When I’m in the midst of the frustration  and exhaustion that come with caring for my children with special needs  and things aren’t going our way and I want to scream, “Why me Lord? Why did you put me in this position?”  He has softened my heart and allowed me to see HIS face on my children.

So those of us who are care givers day in and day out can strive to remember and know that we are clothing Christ and feeding Him as we care for our special need loved ones.  We can realize what an honor He has given to us and, therefore, how incredibly blessed we are.  And for those of us who are not quite there yet (Deb) we can ask the Lord to give us eyes to see and open hearts to believe that this is true.

PRAY:  “Lord, thank you for your word that tells us that as we care for those who are hungry and thirsty—even those in our own family—that we are caring for YOU.  How incredible.  Please help us to know and remember this truth as we go about our lives day to day.”

By guest writer Amy Clark and Deb Abbs

*Photo image courtesy of winnond via freedigitalphotos.net

3 comments:

  1. Our 18yo daughter with moderate cerebral palsy and I totally feel blessed. Despite the challenges, I am a better person because of our circumstances and I know that God has a plan for us!

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  2. that is awesome! thanks for sharing;)

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