There are times we see what we want to see. There are also other times when what we see or notice is exactly what God wants us to see. When we notice these things it can produce hope and joy beyond description.
I am currently working with very old adults in differing stages of dementia. I took on this work in hopes of being support in some way to these wonderful people who face one of the most terrible disabilities a human being can face. In the group (varying from 10-15 adults) I have some that usually are in a near vegetative state. I work with others who are in out of what we call reality. There are a few who have ended up in the care of the facility for various other reasons. Because several of these residents cannot carry on a rational discussion or show any signs of understanding what I am doing for them or saying to them I often wonder what the state of their soul is in regard to their relationship with God who brought them into being and loves them even if they cannot seem to remember their own name.
Then I began to notice something. When I just read the Bible, the group becomes quiet, apparently focused, and smiles. At first, I thought it was just a coincidence (yet I do not believe in coincidences). Maybe just having someone read to them was what captured their attention. However, when I read other materials it does not have the same effect. So I began to pay more attention to the group as I read. When I read the Bible, they are listening. I cannot prove it but I believe the soul listens.
I am reminded of the Scripture: Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isa. 46:4 NIV)
I believe deep inside the soul of the residents I serve is a heart well attuned to the Word of God. Once again I am reminded that even when we reach a state of age and fragility we may not remember God, God is with us.