With Will Smith’s quote still fresh in my mind, the Scripture from last night’s devotional is timely:
“Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die,
it remains a simple grain,
but if it dies away in the ground,
the grain is freed to spring up
in a plant bearing many grains.”
– John 12:24
The once vibrantly colored fall leaves have made their way to the ground and are turning the same shade of drab brown. The earth prepares itself for what seems to seasonally be a time of slumber or death. Many plants die back or go dormant during the fall and winter to be brought into new birth in the spring. Not many people rejoice in the dark days of fall and winter, but I’ve yet to hear a complaint about the beauty of spring!
As Will Smith said, after death there’s always a rebirth, that is the way of nature, the way of God. This is healthier acceptance than to think of death only in the terms of loss and sorrow.
Our nation, in general, is getting a feel for what almost all disabled people experience of losing their jobs, homes, not being able to afford heat, electricity, medical care, and food, etc. Perhaps this is for a greater good that those without disability would know and feel one aspect of the path we deal with all the time. I know of no disabled person or persons who are financially well off.
Perhaps this season of tough economic times will bring about a rebirth we could not have had any other way. Perhaps we’ll understand one another more, have more compassion, and return to values we left along the way to materialism and pride. We are all human, equally as vulnerable to becoming disabled and encountering a string of painful losses.
It has never been us and them, it’s always us and us. That which we do to someone else, we do to ourselves. Diminish another human being, we diminish ourselves. We free others, love others, we free and love ourselves. I think most people, given the choice, would prefer to be the grain of wheat that produces the greatest good.