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Day 29: High Five That!

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All this is for your benefit,

so that the grace that is reaching more

and more people may cause thanksgiving

to overflow to the glory of God.

(2 Corinthians 4:15)

 

Spending time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital was always

rewarding, but today was extra special. Today, I was bringing my own

children with me to help with the Fall Festival we were putting on for the

young patients.

We took our place outside the playroom, ready to give out candy,

gifts, and prizes. Children came walking in with IV poles, riding in wagons,

and strolling in wheel chairs—all excited for the wonderful distraction

from needles and painful procedures.

One by one they came. Each patient was greeted as a new friend

by my five-year-old son. He loved putting the treats into each child’s bag.

We had been at our station for a while when Scotty came around the corner.

Scotty was a “frequent flier” at the hospital. Now seventeen, he had

spent most of his life in and out of the hospital.

Scotty suffered from many life-threatening and life-altering ailments.

He was born without legs. He was born without normally functioning

organs and systems that most of us take for granted. That’s what

he was born WITHOUT.

Let me tell you what he was born WITH! Scotty was born with

an amazing, larger-than-life smile. He was born with bright red hair that

entered the room announcing his shining blue eyes. Most importantly,

he was born with parents who taught him of a loving God who created

him in His Image! Even with all he had been through, Scotty had a keen

understanding of who he was, and whose he was.

My son was obviously stunned by what he saw when Scotty came

around the corner in his wheelchair. Before I could stop him, my son

blurted out, “Wow, how come you don’t have any legs?” Immediately, I

was scanning sentences in my head that might save me from this horribly

awkward moment. I remember stumbling a few words before Scotty

smiled and looked at me as if to say, “Don’t worry. I’ve got this.” Grinning,

he looked at my son and calmly said, “I don’t know. God just didn’t

make me with legs.” His smile softened and he kind of leaned in a little

towards my son and asked him, “How come you don’t have blue eyes?”

Still a little taken aback, my son hesitated and then as if the light

bulb went off, he smiled really big and leaned in towards Scotty and

said, “Because God didn’t make me with blue eyes!” Scotty laughed and

pointed to his missing legs and said, “Cool. No legs”. He then pointed

to my brown-eyed boy and said, “No blue eyes! High five that!” At that

moment Scotty and my son reached up and connected with a smile and a

“high five!”

A few months later, Scotty passed away. His funeral truly was a

celebration. I smiled as I imagined Scotty running around heaven giving

great “high fives” and praising His perfect and precious Creator. What the

world labeled as endless limitations, Scotty labeled as limitless possibilities!

He lived a life of thankfulness and by doing so brought glory to his

Father, his Creator.

Whatever trial you are going through, “High Five That!” Stretch

your arm upward and “high five” the heavens as you live a life of thankfulness.

1 Peter 1:6 says: In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a

little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

We can rejoice no matter what we are going through. Every dark

night can be defeated by His glorious dawns. Be thankful for the story He

is writing in your life—a story full of colorful characters, great adventures,

and surprising plot twists.

“High Five That!”

– Beth Hercules –

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