|An Odd Little Egg|
Sunday, July 1, 2012
An odd egg and I
What do an odd egg and I have in common?
I wonder if chickens in the egg farms are allowed to lay the occasional interesting egg. Since I have my own chickens, I am used to seeing white, brown, green, small, large, speckled, plain, bumpy, and occasionally shell-less eggs. I know that chickens don’t lay all the same size and color eggs.
That odd shaped little egg on top will taste just as delightfully eggy as the others, will be fine in any recipes, and, in fact, the only difference is its odd little shell. What would happen if “store bought” eggs all of a sudden looked like these? Would some of them get tossed in the trash because the shell is different?
People look different, too. When you meet someone, do you look them over and take mental notes? I do. I’m wondering whether this person will be my friend or be too “different”. I think it’s a natural thing to do, but there is a point where it should stop. If I rule out a conversation because Parkinson’s halts the speech, I could miss wisdom. Wanda Zohlman: “Paint every day!” If I rule out a wheelchair, I could miss inspiration: Joni Eareckson Tada. Vincent van Gogh had his quirks, too. Should we not look at his artwork because of his mental illness?
Illness and disability can color our view of people and rob us of wonderful relationships. Be brave – cancer isn’t contagious, paralysis isn’t catching, Parkinson’s, depressions, heart disease…
You see, the face of disability might not be what you expect.
In 1999 I learned how to live a “new normal” called congestive heart failure. Now, as I prepare to get my third pacemaker, I cannot say that it is an “old normal” because I am still constantly aware of my cardiomyopathy. I have, however, learned to see the loving Hand of God in my circumstances. I can also say that I have learned to “take inventory” of others a little differently. Conversations that I used to avoid aren’t quite so scary anymore because I see a (disabled) Person, not a Disability.
While everyone may not have the words of wisdom of Wanda, be nearly as inspiring as Joni, or create artwork as famous as Vincent, try to look past the (disability) to find something interesting when you “take inventory” of someone. You might be very surprised!
‘For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the
‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you.
I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.’
Jeremiah 29:11 NET