Yesterday morning I decided to roll over to the church with my scooter for mass. I messed up the time and missed it by an hour, so I sat and prayed for a little bit and then rolled back to my apartment. It was raining earlier so the sidewalk was filled with puddles and water splashed up at me. When I got home I noticed that a worm had been flung up onto my wheelchair too. At first I couldn't tell if it was still alive, but then I saw a tiny hint of movement. Seeing things suffer and die is never something I enjoy, even if it is a little worm. I picked up the worm with my right hand and brought it over to my basil plant. I wondered if I put it in the soil if it would survive. I dropped it in the pot and watched to see what would happen. Almost immediately the worm started moving. Slowly the movement increased until it looked like it might actually have a chance. I left it alone to go eat breakfast and when I came back it had burrowed all the way into the soil.
Later that evening I came across a chapter in this book I'm reading titled, "Force Multiplier: The Warrior Worm." There was a Bible passage this chapter quoted at the beginning, "But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham My friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, 'Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you', declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel." (Isaiah 41:8-14)
It's funny how the Lord communicates things to me sometimes. The entire point of the chapter was that when we humble ourselves and become like worms, that the Lord will fight for us and that there is nothing more powerful than having God on our side. My experience of saving the worm earlier in the day prepared me to understand this chapter in a way I never expected. I understood the Lord's compassion and care that He has for us. I understood the importance of recognizing my weakness so that God's strength can be shown.
William Joseph Scheremet