The older I get the more truth I find in an old cliché—Whatever gets your attention gets you. Some mornings, it’s my aches and pains that get my attention.
I’ve found that when my mind is full of misery, I’m mighty miserly in my praise for God. Instead of focusing on a sore muscle or a stiff joint, I make it a point to learn from David who contemplated the splendid and wonderful things of God: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Psalm 139).
When was the last time you considered how “wonderfully” you are made? Here are three facts to get you started.
- You are unique: When you were still in your mother’s womb, you developed your fingerprints when you were three months old.
- You are a person of rhythm: At 80 beats per minute, your heart beats about 4,800 times an hour or 115,200 times a year pumping blood through the 100,000 miles of blood vessels in your body.
- You are no dimwit. When you are awake, your brain is producing enough electricity to light a lightbulb.
Each of us is unique and have a special purpose in the grand scheme of life as designed by God.
This may be what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he said: We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10); or, as The Voice says, we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives.
“I’m not used to someone seeing Kaden just for who he is and not for his disability.” These are the words of a mother who is as grateful as she is heartbroken.
Katie Myers is the proud mother of an 18-month-old son named Kaden. Katie’s joy of motherhood was interrupted when she learned that Kaden was born with (SMA).
If you are like me, you know very little about SMA. According to information at Kaden’s website, his disease:
- is the number 1 genetic killer of children under 2 years of age. More than half of babies diagnosed with SMA won’t see their second birthday.
- destroys motor neurons controlling voluntary movement and can hinder the ability to walk, crawl, sit, roll over, or exhibit head & neck control.
- has the statistical probability of afflicting 1 in every 6,000 live births
The gratitude of Katie Meyers and her appreciation for the manner in which another boy interacted with Kaden is easily seen in the note she posted on Facebook: “To the little boy at the science museum, I don’t know who you are, but thank you for being amazing. You let my son play and engage with you. You helped him pick up balls from the floor when you saw that he could not. You didn’t ask what was wrong with him or why he couldn’t walk, you just saw him. Kaden is a lot like you, he is very curious and wildly smart. He wants to know how everything works. Thank you for helping him turn the lever when you noticed he was too weak to do it himself. You will probably never see this but just by being you, you make this world better.”
I don’t know Katie or Kaden, but I do know that we can learn a lesson from them: We need to focus on the innate dignity of the people we meet.
We can do something else: We can pray for them.