Dedicated to David Samson
By Kristin Samson
Though we occasionally say or do something that leaves a mark for better or for worse on the world around us, for the most part, our day-to-day lives go unnoticed and we trust that the cumulation of the little choices we make and the personal character we foster will make a positive difference and lay the foundation for those big moments when the spotlight is on us ever so briefly or a door is opened before us in which we are blessed with a defining moment in which we know without a doubt that in THAT moment, we answered God’s call and we made a difference. But in the mundane things of daily living, our existence barely leaves a ripple on the larger sea of life.
My dear sweet boy, not so with you. You squeal with delight over worms, and bugs, and clouds, and leaves. Fans and balloons send you to the moon. You scream, you flap, your body contorts as it tries without success to contain the pure joy of living. Nary a pebble nor a breeze goes unnoticed or overlooked by you.
While the rest of us silently pass through our lives, you go around adding exclamation points. The entire world hears you coming as you really know how to make an entrance. In your world, everyone is a hero, a star, and a comedian. Where your steps have trod, people stand taller, eyes shine with kindness, Evil is perplexed and oh how the waters ripple.
When you were still in my womb, your life shrouded with fear and gut-wrenching grief, we gave you the name Nathanael. Before you were born, I had dreams at night in which your name was David—a name we’d never considered. What could my beloved special needs son have in common with the greatest king of all time, renown for killing Goliath and as the ancestral father of Christ Jesus our Lord? The Bible tells us that King David is the only man to ever be described as “a man after God’s own heart,” and in this I find my answer. Your very life is a Psalm of unabated praise to the Creator of all things good.
While the rest of us go about our busy lives taking God’s masterpiece for granted, you notice every single detail and your life smiles in response.
You don’t kill enemies with stones and swords. Instead you eliminate them with giggles and smiles. Evil still exists. Oh yes! It exists. But in the midst of this spiritually dark world, you, my dear sweet David, reflect God’s smile.