Snapshot

JB Gauch

I recently went on a trip to Capernaum Camp, where we took 6 friends with disabilities to Carolina for summer camp.  I talked with my parents about it, and Dad gave me a cool quote, and I think it's cool enough stuff to share.  

“I understand why God would want to make a kid like Trevor.”

I said this as I was explaining to Dad how I saw Jesus during my week at Capernaum Camp. I said this about Trevor because Trevor was constantly reflecting the personality of God. And for Trevor, it is not by intentionality that he points me to Christ. He just does this. He just is who God created him to be. He experiences joy, excitement, and emotion in the purest way I’ve seen.

I listened to Trevor sing lines of “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” hundreds of times that week. I fell off the paddle board with Trevor dozens of times. I rode in the passenger seat of a Go-Kart with Trevor round and round the track. I went down the water slide with him again and again and again. No matter what we were doing together, he was thrilled to do it again, shouting and laughing and singing and dancing just as he had done before. 

One night, I playfully asked him how many times we went down the water slide that day. Sometimes with Trevor, you don’t get a straight answer. But he looked me dead in the eye, and said, “Nine.” Trevor remembered exactly how many times he went down the water slide. The thrill of the speed, the jump, the splash, the chance to do to a Tarzan scream or the opportunity to sing “Michael Rode the Boat Ashore” at the top of the slide never got old for him. He loved each moment equally.

I call Trevor’s emotions pure because it appears nothing has been lost. It reminds me of Jesus’ emotions, which are pure because nothing has been lost. Jesus loves me - unconditionally, equally, never ceasing, never growing tired or fed up. Trevor portrays this love to me, just in the form of waterslides and songs. When Jesus made my friend with a disability, I understand he had just as much of a plan for Trevor as anybody else.

Dad shared this quote from G.K. Chesterton with me, reminding me of what I had said about my friend.

Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit
fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and
unchanged. They always say, "Do it again," and the grown-up
person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people
are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is
strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says
every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it
again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes
all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, 
but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the
eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and
our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be
a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical ENCORE.
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

God, we praise you! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And we repeat, with just as much meaning as before, Hallelujah!