Reverse Compensation

Steven Laman

Read: Romans 6:15-23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (v. 23 NIV) Instead of finding my personal wheelchair waiting for me at the door of the plane, a wheelchair agent was there pushing an airport chair. What happened to my own wheelchair? Even­tu­ally, I learned that it was left on the jet bridge in Mexico because no one had bothered to bring it down to the …

Worship Only God

Steven Laman

Read: Revelation 22:1-9 But [the angel] said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!” (v. 9 NIV) Relaxing on a Mexican beach with my brother, we heard an unfamiliar voice asking, “Is that your brother?” When Gus, the beach vendor, learned that I was Mark’s brother, he shared that he had a family member with a disability. Gus …

Jesus, Our Guide

Steven Laman

Read: John 10:1-18 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. (Ps. 48:14 NIV) We had never used a disability airport guide before, but we were grateful our travel agent suggested one in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Meeting us at the plane, he grabbed my wheelchair and told my traveling companions to follow him. He knew how to fill out our travel documents and maneuver through customs and immigration. He …

Better on Our Knees

Steven Laman

Read: Daniel 6:6-22 Three times a day [Daniel] got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (v. 10 NIV) My cerebral palsy makes balancing on my feet very difficult. Whenever I try to stand, I quickly fall backward. I do much from my knees. From a kneeling position, I can get dressed, kneel by the bathroom sink to brush my teeth, and get in and out of my wheelchair. Daniel …

Change Your Clothes

Steven Laman

Read: Colossians 3:5-17 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (vv. 9-10 NIV) It was a beautiful evening for a golf cart ride through a field with tall grasses and weeds. The outing kicked up my allergies, however. I did not get any relief until I put on different clothes. In …