Where is God’s Perfection? (1)


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Where is God’s perfection?
It is through the love of 18 boys.

From The Power of Intention pp45-47 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

In Brooklyn, New York, Chush is a school that caters to learning disabled children. Some children remain in Chush for their entire school career, while others can be mainstreamed into conventional schools.

At a Chush fund-raising dinner, the father of a Chush child delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.

After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he cried out, “Where is the perfection in my son Shaya? Everything God does is done with perfection. But my child cannot understand things as other children do. My child cannot remember facts and figures as other children do. Where is God’s perfection?”

The audience was shocked by the question, pained by the father’s anguish, stilled by the piercing query.

” I believe,” the father answered, “that when God brings a child like this into the world, the perfection that he seeks is in the way people react to this child.”

He then told the following story about his son Shaya:

One afternoon Shaya and his father walked past a park where some boys Shaya knew were playing baseball.

Shaya asked, “Do you think they will let me play?”

Shaya’s father knew that his son was not at all athletic and that most boys would not want him on their team. But Shaya’s father understood that if his son was chosen to play it would give him a comfortable sense of belonging.

Shaya’s father approached one of the boys in the field and asked if Shaya could play. The boy looked around for guidance from his teammates. Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said “We are losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning.”

Shaya’s father was ecstatic as Shaya smiled broadly. Shaya was told to put on a glove and go out to play a short center field.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shaya’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shaya’s team scored again and now with two outs and the bases loaded with the potential winning run on base, Shaya was scheduled to be up. Would the team actually let Shaya bat at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game? Surpassingly, Shaya was given the bat.

Everyone knew that it was all but impossible because Shaya didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, let alone hit with it. However as Shaya stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shaya should at least be able to make contact.

The first pitch came in and Shaya swung clumsily and missed. One of Shaya’s teammates came up to Shaya and together they held the bat and faced the pitcher waiting for the next pitch. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shaya. As the pitch came in, Shaya and his teammate swung at the bat and together they hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shaya would have been out and that would have ended the game. Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right field, far beyond the reach of the first baseman.

Everyone started yelling,” Shaya, run to first. Run to first.” Never in his life had Shaya run to first. He scampered down the baseline wide-eyed and startled. By the time he reached first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman who would tag out Shaya, who was still running. But the right fielder understood what the pitcher’s intentions were, so he threw the ball high and far over the third baseman’s head. Everyone yelled, “Run to second, run to second.” Shaya ran towards second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home. As Shaya reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base and shouted, “Run to third.” As Shaya rounded third, the boys from both teams ran behind him screaming, “Shaya run home.”

Shaya ran home, stepped on home plate and all 18 boys lifted him on their shoulders and made him the hero, as he had just hit a “grand slam” and won the game for his team.

“That day,” said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, “those 18 boys reached their level of God’s perfection.”

神的完美在哪里?

在纽约布鲁克林,Chush是一所智障儿童的学习学校。有些孩子一直留在Chush继续学习而有些人可以被纳入正规学校。

在Chush筹款晚宴,一个智障儿童的父亲发表了讲话,让所有出席晚宴的人永远不会忘记。

在称赞学校及其专职工作人员后,他喊道:“我儿子沙雅的完美在哪里?神所作的一切都是十全十美。可是我的孩子无法理解其他正常孩子们能了解的事。他也不像其他的孩子们能记得事实和数据,神的完美在哪里?〞

这个问题震惊了所有的观众,每个人也感受这位父亲的痛苦,在安静下来后。
“我相信,”他说:“当神把这样的孩子带来这世界,祂追求的完美是在人们对这个孩子的反应。”

于是他告诉他们他儿子沙雅的故事:
一天下午,沙雅和他的父亲经过一个公园,沙雅认识在玩棒球的一些男生。
沙雅问,“爸爸,他们会让我一起玩吗?”
沙雅的父亲知道他的儿子根本不运动,而且大多数男孩不希望他参加他们自己的球队。不过,沙雅的父亲明白,如果他的儿子能去一起玩,会给他一个很好的归属感。

沙雅的父亲便去问其中一个男孩,看看沙雅可不可一起玩。该男童环顾四周,征求他的队友的意见。但是没有人给予任何答覆,他决定自己作主说:“我们已输了六局,现在正比赛第八局。我想他可以参加我们这一队,我们会尽力把他排到在第九局。”

沙雅县的父亲是欣喜若狂,沙雅笑容满面。沙雅被要求戴上手套和等待在现场。
在第八局的下半场,沙雅的那一队获得了几分,但仍落后3分。第九局后半局,沙雅的球队再次得分,现在2人出局以及满垒进分的可能非常大。在那么有可能获胜的时候,他们会让沙雅上场吗?

他们会愿意在这个时刻放弃赢了这场比赛的机会吗?出人意料,他们给沙雅球棒及告诉他准备打中外野手的位置。

大家都知道这是不可能的,因为所有的人都知道沙雅甚至不知道如何准确的拿好球棒,更不用说用它来打球了。然而,当沙雅走到夲垒,投手走前几步,投出高而较软的球,以便沙雅至少应该能够用球棒接触到球。

第一球投来了,沙雅拙劣技术错过了。沙雅的队友之一走来与他一起举起了球棒等待下一个球。投手又走了几步轻轻扔球给沙雅。球一投进来,沙雅和他的队友随即一起把球打到地面缓慢的弹向投手。

投手拿起软滚球,可以很容易地把球扔给一垒手。沙雅便会被淘汰,这比赛便结束了。相反的,投手扔了一个高弧球到右外野,让一垒手遥不可及。

大家开始喊叫,“沙雅跑向第一垒”他一生中从未有机会跑到第一垒。他瞪大眼睛紧张的和震惊一路疾走到一垒,这时在右外野手上有球。他可以把球扔给二垒手来淘汰仍在疾走的沙雅。但右外野手理解了投手的意图,所以他把球投得高高的,远远超过了三垒手的头部。

每个人都大喊,“跑向第二垒,跑向第二垒。”沙雅的队友也跟着他跑,对方的二垒手在他的前面发狂盘旋的绕着他跑。随着沙雅到达二垒,对方的游击手也跑向他,把他转向三垒方向喊道:“跑向第三垒,跑向第三垒。”随着沙雅往第三垒奔跑,这时两队的队友也全部跑到球场,在他后面跟着跑,大家都在尖叫,“沙雅跑向夲垒。”

沙雅跑回本垒,踩到本垒板。所有十八个男孩把他高举在他们的肩上,使他成为英雄,因为他刚打了一个“全垒打”,并为了他的球队赢得了比赛。

“那天,”父亲轻轻继续说着,同时泪水也慢慢的滚下他的脸,“这十八个孩子的水平达到了神的完美。”

 

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