For some of us we pass by, and wonder. For others there was a birth in the family and we learn, and still others an accident or fall and we painfully adjust. We all have been affected by the world of disability in a unique way.
It started for me by growing up in a community with many group homes, and eventually working in one of those group homes, to supervising a Capernaum Young Life club. But things really changed for me on a walk around a lake the summer of 2006.
While on assignment, at Timberwolf Lake YL camp, I offered to give our Capernaum volunteers a “break” and take some of the girls for a walk around the lake. My motives were selfish. I was “serving” our volunteers and I was “helping” these 3 young ladies. About half way around the lake something happened. It wasn’t magical or miraculous but it was enough to make my legs slow down, my mind turn reflective, and my eyes to well up. It was the awareness of a vacuum in me that these 3 girls were filling- I was being “helped.” I was being “served.”
Many things about me adjusted at that moment- my reality was that I needed to change my pace, I needed my conversations to model the conversation these 3 girls were having and I needed to care about the people around me the way they were caring for each other on this walk. From pats on the back, to slowing down for each other, to clearing things off the path for a friend’s walker – God was there. He knew I needed that walk.
God was doing to me what he was trying to do for his disciples and generations to come. He was showing us that our view of who He is and how we respond to the world is incomplete when there are people just like us who surround us. He walked by foot with his disciples for many miles taking them to lepers, tax collectors, Samaritans, commoners, deaf, blind, demon possessed, city officials…All those miles on foot walked, just so his disciples could get a complete picture of Him.
The purpose of this blog is to share some of our experiences in Capernaum. How our friends are working on us and helping us to work towards a more complete view of God and who we are in Him. Jesus took his disciples on lots of walks. Showing them lots of people very different from those showing up at the temple. He knew what was needed then and he knows what we need now. Join us. Who are the people you need to walk with and who are the people you need to walk toward to see a more complete picture of yourself and God?