Thursday, November 3, 2011

Copied from an email received from a friend:

Kevin thinks God lives under his bed!  My friend says Kevin was praying aloud and he overheard him say "where are you God - under the bed?"  and for the first time, my friend realized that Kevin lives in a different world than we do!

Kevin is mentally disabled, 30 years old, 6'2" but there's only a few ways in which he's an adult!  He'll probably always believe God lives under his bed, that  Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under the Christmas tree every year and  that airplanes stay in the sky because angels carry them!
He's up before dawn each day, off to work at a shop for the disabled, home again to walk the dog and  to eat his favorite meal of macaroni and cheese and then to bed.  The only variation in his schedule is when he does his laundry - he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with a  newborn child.

Kevin never seems dissatisfied.  He lopes out to the bus every morning, eager for the day and on Saturdays, his dad takes him to the airport for a soft drink, to watch the planes land and to speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger.  His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep the night before.    Kevin doesn't know what it means to be discontented - his life is very simple!

He doesn't care what brand of clothes he wears or what kind of food he eats - his needs are always  met so he doesn't worry.  Kevin is never so happy as when he is doing his chores - unloading the dishwasher and  vacuuming the carpets -  his heart is completely in what he's doing.  He doesn't shrink from the job until it's done and when it is, he knows how to relax.  He's not obsessed with his work or with what others do - his heart is pure.

Kevin believes everyone tells the truth,  that promises must be kept,  and when you're wrong you say so and apologize instead of arguing.  Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, he's not afraid to cry when he hurts or is angry or sorry - he is always transparent, always sincere and always  trusts God implicitly!  Not confined by intellectual reasoning, he prays as a child would  - he has a very simple faith!  One would surmise that Kevin has some divine knowledge that is far above a normal  persons questions!

Maybe Kevin isn't the one with the handicap! Maybe it's we, who call ourselves able - and -  our fears, our obligations, our pride, and our realities are our handicaps!  Who knows if Kevin comprehends things that we've  never learned!  He's spent his whole 30 years in a kind of innocence, soaking up the goodness and love available to him!  Maybe one day when the mysteries of life are opened, we'll be amazed to find out how close God really was to us -   we'll discover God heard the simple prayers of the believer and maybe all the time,  lived under your bed - Kevin won't be surprised though!

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