Today was another great day with Jessica. I’m almost at the point where I can make the whole vase all by myself! I finally got the hang of wrapping all my fingers around the play-doh and squeezing it at the bottom so I can get the right height for the vase. This picture shows me doing it just right. However, Jessica took the picture just in time! Shortly after she took the picture, I had trouble getting all my fingers to wrap around the play-doh! My brain is used to doing the external internal rotation movement with the play-doh containers, but not the actual play-doh. When we took the containers away. it was like my brain said, “What’s going on?” The reason it looks so good in the picture is that I had just practiced doing it with the containers, so it was still fresh in my mind. The muscles were warmed up. However, things still happen in steps. With cerebral palsy, when my muscles are used to doing something a certain way, change takes time. in the same way, as Christians, we don’t always understand the changes the Lord is making in our lives. We just need to trust Him. He’ll reveal His plan in His perfect time. Lord, help me to trust you even when I don’t understand what you’re doing in my life and remember your will is perfect. Amen. Proverbs 3: 5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Activity/Discussion 5th or 6th Sunday School or Awana. This is also a good lesson about patience. If you have a child in the class with a physical disability, have them try the exercise I did. It’s also a good lesson for the other kids on how to help one another if someone is better at getting the height than someone else. Remind them how the Lord is patient with us as we grow in our walk with Him, and how we should be patient with one another.