The Small Miracles

The above photo is a picture of an unexpected “property tax relief” check which my wife and I received in the mail. I will get to its significance in a moment. But first, I want to share another story of a small miracle…

My oldest son is now a college baseball player. For most of his life he has played organized baseball. During one particularly long day of tournament play, due to the tight schedule of games, I had missed the opportunity to get something to eat the entire day. I had expected to be able to get something between games, so I didn’t plan on bringing anything for myself, just my son. I couldn’t leave during the games because I was the score keeper for the team. I guess I could have had someone else cover me, but I didn’t. Anyway, we were in the middle of our last game of the day, the sun was setting, and my stomach was growling, at which point I started praying. I admitted to God my stupidity of not preparing ahead of time, and I started pleading with Him to have mercy and to somehow relieve me of my intense craving for meat. Yes, meat! It’s all I could think about. As I was scoring the game, all I could think of was meat, meat, meat!!!

Then, a miracle…

One of the parents of one of my son’s teammates sticks his head into the dugout. He looks me straight in the eye and says, “I have something for you.”

“What?” I replied.

“The biggest bacon cheeseburger that you have ever seen. I was back at the restaurant,” (this parent owned a diner), “and something made me put together probably the biggest and best burger that I’ve ever made. Here…”

What he handed me was a thing of beauty. To describe this masterpiece of culinary perfection would make you cry. I’ll never forget it… God is good!

Now, back to the photo…

My middle child (now a young man at age 15) has a condition called “Asperger Syndrome.” It is considered to be a mild form of autism. No two people who have Aspergers experiences exactly the same things. Some have difficulty with language, some have heightened sensory issues, some become overly fixated regarding a topic, some have extreme difficulty when it comes to social situations, the list goes on and on. Most “Aspies” have a combination of these things, which impacts their lives at varying degrees of intensity, challenging their ability to have a normal life. It can be quite difficult and sometimes impossible to find ways to fully relieve such people of their symptoms, leaving them in the difficult position of trying to cope with life bound in the grasp of continual discomfort. In other words, life for them can be very frustrating and challenging. An example of how my son finds relief is when our pool is open in the summer. When he is under water, floating gently in the silence, that is when he finds some relief. Unfortunately, we do not live in a climate which allows our pool to be open year round. So, we need something that could help him everyday.

Recently, my wife found on the internet what’s called a “weighted blanket.” It’s used as a therapeutic product for people who suffer from sensory process disorders. My son suffers from such. She figured that this could help him cope with his condition by gaining some relief when he might be “overloaded.” The thing is, they can be fairly expensive. We discussed it and determined that it was worth the money. My son is looking forward to trying it. The one my wife ordered costs $289.95.

Then, a miracle…

The next morning she texted me at work about an unexpected check that we had just received in the mail. Look at the amount on the check which came “out of the blue.”

I praise God for the small miracles…

Galatians 3:5 (NIV)
“So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?”

Godspeed, to the brethren!

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