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Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)
TITLE: A Change of Heart
By Sarah Davis
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Nothing had even tweaked her curiosity in the field called “life” that she would need to somehow support herself on in just a few short years. She listened to her friends as they spoke in anticipation of the exciting unknown they were about to embark on, of course each of them had at least a path they were directed to.
“Lauren”? Are you home? Oh, there you are, Lauren's mom said as she walked into the kitchen. Have you thought anymore about what field you think you might be interested in?
“Yes Mom all I've done is think about it over and over and still got nothing”, she said as she walked straight up to her room and slammed the door.
Lauren's mom was concerned for her, she knew making this choice had been hard and now she feared her straight A, kind hearted daughter might decide to launch into a journey of late teen rebellion if her frustrations didn't turn into destiny soon.
Lauren felt frustration as she pulled her laptop out and began a search for jobs once again. She had volunteered in every school and church function; excluding kids church. Kids always seemed gross, snot running down their noses, coughing, not being able to change their own diapers or having accidents; so she knew anything involving children was an affirmed no.
As she grew tired of googling all the sophisticated, high money making jobs, she somehow got directed to an international orphanage adoption site. “What is this”, she thought as an advertisement began to play on her screen. Her first reaction was to ignore it until this little girl's face grabbed her attention as she was unbelievably cute and sad all at once. Lauren began doing some research and looked at pictures of these little helpless people who had no family. Her heart began to ache and she wondered why she would feel such a strong draw towards these children.
She noticed after becoming a member of the site, you could be united with a child and interact with them through your computer's camera online; as it was monitored of course.
It didn't take long before she was assigned to Nadia, who had dark hair with a cute little mole above her right dimple. Although Nadia was only three and had been labeled with a mild speech impediment, she tried her best to make her feel special everyday. Lauren did most of the talking, but she knew Nadia understood as she smiled continuously.
Lauren had an idea, “even if I am not a trained therapist, maybe I could somehow help Nadia with her speech”. She worked vigorously everyday and although it took weeks for her to even begin warming up to her, she eventually did. Within just two months, Nadia was speaking in very clear phrases and putting sentences together like any other three year old. Lauren was quite amazed as she wondered if she really had a speech impediment at all or that it was blatantly obvious she had no one taking the proper time to notice, love, and speak to her on a daily basis.
One day as their time was soon to end, Nadia very clearly stated, “Thank you for loving me”. Laurens heart broke as she responded, “Thank you for letting me”.
Lauren's heart grieved as she thought of her little Nadia daily and wondered, “Why am I so involved”? As she spoke her nightly prayer regimen, she knew God was opening her heart for her destiny was being revealed.
The next morning Lauren knew what she needed to do and giggled quietly as she placed grape jam on her buttered toast and thought, “Now God really does have a sense of humor”.
“Mom, prepare yourself, God has been changing me and I feel strongly called to become a therapist. I want to get my masters and begin gaining my first recorded credits from this orphanage, as she guided her mother upstairs and turned her monitor on displaying many of the small children as they were creatively playing “house” with only their imaginations.
Lauren's mom saw an enormous growth in her daughter during that moment and she felt God's peace residing as she knew only He could have placed such an amazing desire inside her beautiful daughter.
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