I can talk at 70 miles per hour with gusts of up to 100. I can type even faster. Either way, I have a lot to say. Every- where. All the time. To everyone. I just canít talk fast enough, especially when I am relating all that God has done in my life. I want people to see that life is wonderful and special and precious and meaningful. Does that mean I have no problems? Depends on how you look at it.
One day I met my match, a motor mouth named Penny. She was a trainee at my new job, and my unusual license plate caught her attention so she stopped to inquire as to what it meant. Not wanting to miss any opportunity, I recited most of Psalm 40; "He lifted me up, out of the miry clay, out of the horrible pit and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see what He has done for me and put their trust in Him". She then asked if she could ride with me during our training segment because she wanted to hear more. Three days later Penny was sobbing, "Stop the car! Stop the car! I want to give my life to Jesus, NOW!", obviously deeply convicted by the Word of God. Mean- while, Iím driving up one street and down the other trying to find at least a nice tree to park under, because I wanted her memory of this special life changing event to be more than a dismal scene in a parking spot, in front of a cement wall, at a plaza.
Six years later, Penny is still like a breath of fresh air, telling everyone, everywhere, at every opportunity, about this abundant life that she has discovered. Does that mean she has no problems? Depends on how you look at it.
If you are thinking, "Great, but you donít know the cross Iíve had to bear. You donít understand my pain and suffering." You are right, I donít. But God does and He says in John 10:10 that it was the devil that came to kill and steal and destroy but Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly. He promises to deliver you out of ALL your afflictions and to give you joy and peace and to bring purpose and meaning to your life. He promises to make your yoke easy and your burden light. Does that mean you will have no problems? Depends on how you look at it.
I would like you to look at someone whoís problems I am certain superseded anything you or I will ever have to endure and yet she said, "Itís not what happens to you in life that matters, but what you do with it that counts." Her name is Helen Keller. A fever caused her to loose her sight and her hearing when she was 19 months old. Up until the age of seven she behaved like a wild, untamed animal until Alex- ander Graham Bell introduced her parents to Anne Sullivan who became her live-in teacher and tutor.
Anneís first hurdle was to teach this uncontrollable child obedience before she could begin to teach her finger spell patterns. Teaching her W-A-T-E-R was meaningless until after Helenís hand was placed in a well so that she could connect and realize the association between the finger spelled word and the liquid. The realization then brought thirst for more understanding for the name of each and every object in her dark world. She then learned the shapes of letters. Her marvelous retention earned her the nickname of ĎMiracle Childí.
She progressed to reading lips using her fingers and then developed her speech by placing her fingers inside her instr- uctorís mouth to feel the position of the tongue until she learned letters and sounds. This took her many painstaking years, but it shows that through perseverance, excellence can be achieved.
Despite all her disabilities, she was noted as being kind and generous and for having a gift for bringing out the best in other people. It is no surprise that she had numerous friends She had much empathy for the poor and the disabled, yet she declared, "The only true disability is the disability of the heart".
Because her main vehicle of communication to the world was writing, she wrote volumes. Obviously, she had much to say. Her lifeís work was giving speeches and raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind. She traveled the world, visited the Queen and even visited disabled soldiers during World War II. She was often seen talking to herself with her fingers which were her windows to the world. I choose to believe that at those times she was talking to God, thanking Him for His many blessings.
Her pearls of wisdom include the statement, "all my life I have tried to avoid ruts such as leaning on the crutches of other peopleís opinion or losing my childhood sense of wonderment.í
She died peacefully in 1968, at the age of 88, while taking a nap.
Was Helen Kellerís life wonderful and special and precious and meaningful? Depends on how you look at it.
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com