So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)
Saleeca could not walk. Saleeca could not talk. Saleeca could not sit up. Saleeca could not dress herself or feed herself. In today's language we would say that Saleeca was severely physically and mentally impaired and yet what an impact she made on my life one day.
I do not remember why I was struggling that day. Something had happened though and I was very sad and discouraged. I was working as a substitute teacher at the time and Saleeca's teacher had called the day before to ask if I could come in and fill her place that day. I had been there a number of times before. Truthfully, I was relieved I was not going to a regular classroom that day. There would be five students, all like Saleeca, and their "one-to-ones". I would be the sixth adult and my primary purpose for being there was because the state requires that a licensed teacher be present.
A good teacher sets aside their personal issues and concentrates on the task at hand. If you can't do that, then you need to stay at home until you can. It's as simple as that. So when I stepped through the doors of the school, I concentrated on the task at hand. I was to learn later though, that Saleeca was a very perceptive child. She saw my neatly packed baggage waiting by the door.
Throughout the day, Saleeca would reach out and rub my face. She was always doing that. Saleeca loved to touch the faces of people. She did it more with some than others it seemed, depending on their response. Saleeca liked to rub my face a lot. Every time I passed her, or sat by her, Saleeca would stretch out her hand toward my face. It always warmed my heart. We were friends.
That afternoon, the children were taken to the gym for therapy sessions. While they waited their turn, we removed them from their wheelchairs onto mats where they could move about if they wished. As I chatted with the other adults, we suddenly noticed something. Saleeca was inching her way across the mat in a purposeful sort of way. We wondered aloud where she was going and decided to not interrupt her in her journey. It soon became apparent that she was heading towards me.
Inch by inch, she slithered across the mat. As she drew closer to me, the adults in the room became silent. What was she going to do?
She finally reached me. Then she began to "climb" up me until her face was in close proximity to mine. She very slowly pulled my face down to her's and rubbed her cheed against mine. I wrapped my arms around her, as tears filled my eyes, overcome by the feeling of love I could sense coming from this little girl. "Oh, Saleeca! I love you too!" and in that moment all my "baggage" was swept away.
According to the standards of our society, Saleeca was pretty insignificant. She would never do the things most girls do. She would never know the joy of reading a book or writing down her thoughts on a page. She would never graduate from high school or college, would never get married and have children. In fact, in all probability she would never even reach adulthood due to her many physical problems. According to the world, she had nothing to offer society. She had no gifts or talents.
I know better. You see, on that day God used Saleeca to reach out to me and remind me that I was loved. I am glad that Saleeca was willing to put forth the time and the effort to deliver that message. Are we? Let us never forget that nothing you ever do for the Lord is useless.
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Some stories just break ones heart and this is one. God bless. Phil
You have a real gift for story telling and I reckon you were a top notch teacher also. Thanks for truly great story. I can now face my day at work knowing that I have read your blog.
Aww, what a sweetheart ... it melts my heart.
This blog was a complete blessing as I took a break from a slightly repetitive task, of the 'not especially useful, but still necessary' variety.
Oh and I almost didn't watch the video 'cause I couldn't see what it was ... but am glad I did
Very encouraging choice of verse to go with.
Well ... enough chat, back to my spreadsheets! But thank you so much K.
In the small and seemingly insignificant things of life God speaks the loudest. I am so glad that in the midst of your own difficulties you were receptive to God's voice. That joy has lasted your lifetime and blessed us as well.
Great story, and well told. Keep blogging. - Fig
Greetings in the name of Jesus K Reynolds, and fellow Christian bloggers. I want to talk about the subject of you story, "Every Thing You Do." In Matthew 17 vs 20 Jesus says, "... ...If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move... ..". One interpretation of this is that the smallest of feelings, reactions, submissions or actions can have great manifestations, moreover your actions are never meaningless as a being, you either add goodness or corrupt. Everything a human does has an effect upon their own life or the lives of others, the effect may be good or bad, no exception.
I like to think of each thought, feeling and action as a seed that has been planted. Both Jesus Our Savior and the devil come into our lives and they water our seeds to ensure growth, but they only water seeds of their own kind. It may be the smallest seed that we think has no effect in our lives but as many of you know some of the smallest seeds will germinate to become the biggest plants out there. This is where Jesus and the devil come in. Like farmers they will take good care of whatever you plant. Fellow Christians plant many small seeds today in the form of seemingly small acts of kindness, love and Worship, be it a smile, small gifts, taking time to listen to a troubled individual, taking your children to Church (even when they don't want to go, your duty a parent is to simply plant the seed of Jesus in them, let Jesus do the watering, He will grow in them trust me). While we are on the subject of children let me mention that there is so much evil in today's world and it will make it to your children somehow, it will. It will plant many small seeds through its media agents such as music, reality shows, pornography, hollywood movies with subtle unGodly messages. Fear not though Jesus is Lord, your duty as a parent is to plant more seeds of good in your child whether they like it or not (just plant) such that when Jesus and the devil come to water and nature what has been planted there is abundantly more good in them than bad.
In conclusion be wary of the friends you choose for 'they are a seed', the entertainment you find interesting 'for it is a seed', your influence on others 'for it is a seed', your thoughts 'for they are a seed', your words 'for they are seed', [i]Premarital sex 'for it is an unGodly seed[/i] '. If you have already planted some bad seeds in your life repent and call Jesus in your life, he can uproot any bad trees that have grown in your life, they are just small weeds to Him.
Glory be to the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty"
We must never underestimate our God and what He is able to do... and through whom He is able to do it.