Watch on the Wall: Two sticks of dynamite

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My heart ached for my son Aaron who was having trouble getting along, doing well in school, and not fitting in. Aaron struggled with a difficult birth, weighing in at 10 pounds, 2.5 ounces.

Born with legs that bowed and needed a bar brace on special shoes, he still grew fast, big; a natural athlete. However ADD and Dyslexia caused major problems in school. He had a habit of biting any kid who came near him. He refused to sit in a seat belt, a car seat, anything that confined him. He got into fights daily and sent to the office where he had to “Sit and wait for your mother.” Embarrassed and angry, he struck out. He was put in Special Education and had to sit in a cubby facing the wall; any distraction kept him from doing his work. Finally in the eighth grade, the school counselor and special education teacher wanted a conference.

I went home from that meeting totally discouraged, in tears, helpless. I talked it over with Heavenly Father. “Abba, what am I going to do? How can I help Aaron?” I heard clearly, “Read Psalm 1 over him when he is sleeping.”

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.”

Prayer is powerful; it moves mountains. The Word of God is powerful, the world spoken into existence by Jesus Himself. Put the two together, and it’s like two sticks of dynamite strapped together. An explosion of power!

I began that night praying the Word, “Blessed is Aaron who walks not in ungodly counsel, nor takes the stance of sinners, nor sits in the seat scorning authority. Aaron’s delight is in the Lord, meditating on the Word of God day and night. Aaron will be like a tree planted by the River of water and brings forth a fruitful life in the right season; his leaf shall not wither and whatever Aaron does will prosper: he will get good grades; he will get along; he will have favor with his teachers and classmates, (and anything else which came to mind).”

Night after night with a flashlight and a Bible, I stood by his bed after he had fallen asleep.
Three months later, I was again called to a conference. The special education teacher asked, “What did you do? I haven’t seen this kind of quick improvement in 35 years of teaching! It’s a complete turn around. He will not be in Special Education in High School.”

The next four years, Aaron got help with his schoolwork, a special tutor provided by his coaches. He played soccer and football. As Running Back, Aaron made MVP and All State his senior year. He played for the Alameda Knights in semi-pro while getting a bachelor’s degree to pursue teaching sports. Abba’s Word and prayer – Two Sticks of Dynamite. Try it! ■