Being the mom of several “involved” special needs treasures I often pray that I can discern what they are feeling. Life is tricky, no doubt. But when your struggles seem apparent to everyone, it might just feel a little trickier. So I pray a lot. And we talk. A lot. Then we pray. And we always encourage.
But sometimes even after all the talking, praying, thinking and talking some more, it just might seem hard to grasp (especially if you’ve been told things like, “You’ll ever be able to do anything”…or things like that) just how good God’s plan for you is.
As parents we want our kids to understand that God’s plans are always good for each of us and that with the power of our mighty and loving God we really, truly can do anything!!
Not long after Vern came home I went on Amazon and looked to see what books might be available in Mandarin for him to read. I found several, including Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic!! I was giddy!! Of all books to be available in Mandarin – too cool!! So I ordered it and seriously couldn’t wait for it to arrive.
Just in case some have not heard of Nick, he is an Australian man who was born with Phocomelia – the absence of legs and arms. His story is powerful besides having a crazy-fun sense of humor and being passionately in love with Jesus. He travels the world telling others about Jesus and always, always, always ministering to those with physical needs as well.
Well imagine my surprise when the book arrived and I found that Vern had already read Life Without Limits in China!!
Yup. He told me some parts of the book and I was blown away.
Of course, now that Vern has his own copy he has re-read it again a few times since getting his own copy. But I still felt it would be better-than-amazing if our handsome son Vern and all our other treasures met Nick in person.
I certainly don’t know Nick, but God does. *smile*
And so I began to pray that God, in His deep love for my treasures, would provide the opportunity to meet Nick in person. I couldn’t wait to see how and when this would happen!! He’s just so powerful and He loves to orchestrate situations to accomplish His beautiful plan!!
To make a very long, involved story short…the Lord opened the door just this morning (through my brother Neil) for all of us to go meet Nick in a hotel suite in Buffalo before he speaks tonight.
When we told Vern he was going to meet Nick, he beamed from ear to ear (even bigger than you guys have seen him do) and said, “I so excited!” I then asked Vern what he was going to say to Nick. He didn’t even hesitate, “I love you so much!”
I laughed. He has surely told us many times that he loves us, but never the “so much” part!! Nick wins!! (Obvi!!)
Once at the hotel and up in a suite, as Nick was wheeled in, Vern sat in disbelief, wide-eyed quietly saying, “Wooooooow!”
Nick loves. He just does. He has not allowed his physical struggles to steal his joy. He loves wherever he goes.
Our time with him was amazing, beyond words. You guys know I write and use lots of words every day, but I’m at a total beautiful loss.
I’m humbled that this precious man of God would take time to meet with our children. He said to each of us, “Come on, come give me a hug.” One by one, each of us hugged him. Ruby was in the back of our pile sitting in her wheelchair and Nick questioned, “Hey can you bring her over? I want to hug her too!” He honestly didn’t have to do that…but to this mama and her sweet little chica it meant so much. Ruby was animated and excited!
Nick was impressed with our Mandarin to English translator app!! Vern and Nick went back and forth in conversation. Nick thought it was way-cool!! He laughed and said, “Hey!! I speak Mandarin!!”
You know friends, our God is faithful and good. He loves to love and He loves to have broken-bodied people encouraged. I am so thankful that I have pictures…cause today was just almost too-good-to-be-true!!
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
Psalm 86:12 esv