Did I have a community that I really didn’t know about until now?
Why yes, yes I did. I had people willing to connect and love me.To some these people are seen as handicapped or someone who has special needs, but for me this is the only community that really teaches me something. People willing to teach me what it means to care. These people continue to surround me today. We will always have a friendship no matter how many years pass, they will be there ready to support me.
But before we knew it one of my supporters was in dire need of my support. They were suffering from a brain aneurism and in a matter of one day they saw God and experienced true life. (I am so so so jealous!) Tim Vlahek died on April 15th 2011.
This wasn’t just any person who died. He was my hot date to Jesus Prom!
A snazzy looking guy who asked me out to the prom of a life time. He was the perfect gentleman and we both danced the night away.
I mean what could I do, I was hooked. He had me at first awkward hug. Yes, Tim was a very very awkward hugger, but he was probably one of the only people that I would willingly always hug every Sunday. I loved him for it somehow I was always smiling while he was around.
Tim would come over in his unique way and comfort people. Break the barrier that some put up and was simply their friend.
We were actually planning on going to the next prom until his unexpected journey….
Tim was a deep part of my community. Tim impacted me in such a way that his love for the church taught me how to love the church for all of her faults. Tim broke any stereotype or limitation that was set before him. He sky dived at the age of 55! There was no fear in his eyes whatsoever.
This friend was one of my favorites. He was a man who taught me so much about what it means to love. purely love. To serve in a way with great passion. He never once complained and would serve in whatever you asked him to.
It was plane and simple as that. Tim never had to worry about what others expected out of him. He didn’t even have to address his special needs all he had to do was talk to people like it was all good. He din’t have to look at what they were doing, what they were wearing, or even how old they were he was just there to talk. Talk like anyone else would.
Get to know you and build relationships.
Relationships that brought comfort to others.
So while some look at this man and think oh here is another person who I should feel bad for because of their special needs, I now look at the life of Tim and see someone who demonstrated a courageous confidence yet tender love. Lets just say he was nothing but handicapped! Instead, a man designed by God to impact many me being one of them.