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A guest preacher was speaking about “seeing Jesus in others” when God used Meghan as a living illustration of someone who had surrendered everything to Jesus as part of her community of faith.

During the worship set, Meghan spontaneously went to the front of the church and began dancing…wildly. She was about eight and twirled and shuffled to the music. Then she began flinging the locks of her head around and around like a windmill. She worshipped God and was oblivious to what people may have thought of her.

This speaker knew that Meghan was autistic and that sometimes a connection can be made by mimicking what they do. So he joined in. King David danced wildly in complete abandon declaring, “I will become even more undignified than this!”

Soon the speaker was out of breath and sat down. Then suddenly Megan came up to him, grabbed his head, pulled close enough to touch their foreheads and said, “You’ve been to Scotland!” Then she went back to her dancing as if nothing had been said.

Well, this speaker had just gotten back from Scotland and was feeling jet lag really bad and wasn’t too excited to speak. But Meghan had his attention. He knew God was using her.

Meghan then started skipping around to the music and using what disturbing motions. She would point at the speaker with her index finger and then draw it across her neck in a slitting action.

Meghan’s grandmother came up and said, “Let me take her out. She’s autistic.” But the speaker said, “Don’t you dare! I need to know what she’s is saying.”

Then God spoke to him saying, “Hey, you’re singing it.”

I’m trading my sorrows

I’m trading my shame

I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord

I’m trading my sickness

I’m trading my pain

I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord

The speaker heard what God was saying through Meghan. She was pointing at him to lay down his jet lag and fatigue and get rid it. So he laid it all down for the joy of the Lord and so that he could bring the good news to a church that make space for disabled children to dance before the Lord.

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