Monday, September 15, 2008
My Short Bus Rider
As my son rode away on the school bus today, I had a flashback to my childhood. I remembered thinking that I was happy that I wasn't on the "short bus". In my mind, being a "short bus" rider was a curse. It meant that you were the butt of all bus jokes, that you were an outcast and reject. Now that I am a mom to a "short bus" rider, my mindset has drastically changed. Here are a few things that the Word of God has humbly taught me by having a "short bus" rider.
1) God is sovereign over every "disability"
But Moses said to the LORD, "Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue." Then the LORD said to him, "Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Exodus 4:10-11
2) God regards the "forgotten"
"But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed..." Luke 14:13-14a
3) God knows what it means to be "rejected"
For it stands in Scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious,and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone..." I Peter 2:6-7
4) God's glory can be displayed through "disability"
And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." John 9:2-3
5) God has a place for the "outcasts" in His kingdom
In that day, declares the LORD, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted; and the lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion from this time forth and forevermore. Micah 4:6-7
So, I praise the Lord for my precious "short bus" rider. Christian, your life has taught me so much and it continues to teach me. I pray that I continue to see you as God does...skillfully made by His hands (Psalm 139:13-15). I am honored to be called your Mama.