Shot in the Arm

 

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Yeeeeeee-ouch! This is the worst part. Every single step of the way of this licensing process has been great, enlightening, inspiring, encouraging. Except this week. This week we had to get shots. I got a DTAP shot 2 days ago and my arm is sore. They said it will be like that achey soreness from a work- out. Yeah… if during my work-out bowling balls got hurled at my upper arm. Today all of us got TB tests… that was fun.   What did you do this weekend? Oh, it was awesome — we sat in a waiting room for a couple hours, wrote our address 5 x on 8 forms, then got our arms poked with a long needle…. Injecting foster-parent-satisfactory diagnosis jelly. I’m told we are not to have a reaction… So I tried not to cry too loudly. Later I found out they meant a skin reaction.

Vaccines. I know we are blessed to have them. I know the Gates Foundation has immunized entire countries – amazing!  What would Jesus say our culture has been immunized for? Would he say we are immunized against disease, but also against sympathy and service?  I believe Jesus is actually our defense against immunization. Have all of us been immunized by the Enemy’s nurses? Do red & black polyester-clad nurses immunize our hearts against compassion? …in the form of desensitization through media, etc.?  The devil is using vaccination techniques to desensitize us to evil, suffering, and corruption.   We are getting “booster shots”  through media and news sources.

When my son saw a homeless man for the first time this is what happened: “Mom, why is that man sitting under the road?” (I-5 overpass) I explained that he had no where else to go. Right then I taught my son about the sad reality of homelessness. He began to cry. It was sort of a diminished sob. Something I had never experienced from him before. A true expression of compassion and deep sorrow. “It can’t be true, Mom.” He said with quivering lips, “It can’t be.”

Whereas my heart had sort of become immune to the sadness of homelessness, my son saw it with new eyes. He saw the homeless man with clarity. That’s the way our Lord wants us to see the homeless man. Not saying we get desensitized in a cold, evil way… but akin to “it’s horrible, but there’s nothing I can do about it.” That’s the devil’s favorite, as we all know. He feeds on indifference.

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
Ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see

                                                                                                         – Brandon Heath

One thought on “Shot in the Arm

  1. And it is inspiring to see that He has given you His love, His arms, His heart and His eyes as demonstrated by your lovingly welcoming a foster child into your care. And you are inspiring others…. more than you realize.

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