I just got back from the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Imagine blind, amputees, and traumatic brain injury survivors skiing and doing all kinds of “adaptive” winter sports. You can watch a video on the events here. wsc Just scroll down the page to the video.
But these triumphs over adversity and limitations, while inspiring, are not what made it a perfect world. Imagine a world where all the superficial surface appearances (that hold no clue to the character of the person) like skin color or physical disability, yield to the desire to love and serve others. I saw a black woman feeding a white man who was blind and having difficulty feeding himself. As I approached my table, I saw her come over with her tray, set it down and ask him if she could feed him. This kind of thing was repeated over and over. White folks leading Black folks who were blind and vice versa, those who could walk on their own carrying the trays of those who struggled with walking. Every race in the United States seemed to be represented, most of the participants were complete strangers to each other, there were wheelchairs aplenty, service dogs and emotional support animals, many vets struggled to walk, to eat, but there was more help than anyone needed and no one had to ask! What I witnessed was everyone caught up in the spirit of love and service to each other.
THIS is the perfect world on earth: Love and service without quid pro quo. Heaven will be like this, but without the disabilities. Revelation 21:3-4. “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”’ Believe it!