Saturday, May 28, 2011

Numb From The Brain Down

Just Help- "If you preach, just preach God's Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don't take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; If you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don't get bossy; if you're put in charge, don't manipulate;" Verse 7

Step 1: Wash Water Tanks 
Step 2: Practice What You Preach 
Step 3: I Am Not The Boss 
Step 4: Feel Their Pain 

I waved his skin dry.  The alcohol evaporated, leaving a sterile section ready.  Holding his finger tight with the lance, I pushed the blue button one time.  Crimson liquid streamed from his finger as he sat still, looking up at me expectantly.  He doesn't cry anymore, and sometimes he will even push the button for you.  God made him sweet like that; temperament made to withstand.  Mason is eighteen months old and has type one diabetes.  I am his Lala-- changer of diapers, bringer of juice, driver of gators.  

Tonight I helped take care of him for a few hours.  We swam, played with trucks, ate dinner, took a bath and rocked to sleep.  If you didn't know any better, you wouldn't know Mason suffers... or feels pain.  

When I was little, I loved the movie Ferngully.  Now, if any of you know my right-winged father, you know he did not approve of such liberal movie viewing.  Therefore, I only got to watch it at friends' houses.  When I was little I didn't understand the nature of the movie, I liked it because of the jokes and fun characters.  

In one scene, the "human", Zac is trying to impress the fairy, Crysta.  He starts to carve the letters of her name into a big tree in the rain forest. Crysta becomes upset, grabs his hand and jams it up against the tree. She says, "No no! You mustn't do that! Can't you feel its pain?" 

Zac replies, dumbfounded with, "Its pain??" 

Batty, the escaped lab bat played by Robin Williams (hilariously), states, "Humans can't feel anything. They're numb from the brain down."  

Zambia Medical Mission 2006

Can't you feel his pain?  

Or are we numb? 

This month isn't just about helping others, it's about realizing that those around you are hurting. It's about throwing off the blinders and seeing what's really happening in this world. 

The baby getting his sugar checked every few hours.  The grandpa who lost a good friend.  The teenager who isn't being understood. The mom taking chemo.  The homeless man on the street. The dad who lost his job.  The child without a home. 

Can't you feel their pain?  

Sometimes, I really do think we are numb from the brain down.  This month has only a few days left, but I'm looking for hurt in others. 

Because when I can see their pain, I can find a way to help, understand, and love.  

Sometimes, all we need to do to help is give someone a giggle or two.

Spring Break Campaign- Chihuahua, Mexico 2005

1 comment:

Michelle said...

i love your kind, compassionate heart! precious mason, i could kiss that boy. and those little ones pictured underneath.

thank you for this!