Luke 19:3-4 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

October is dwarfism awareness month; Dwarfism occurs when an individual person is short in stature resulting from a medical condition caused by slow growth. In humans, dwarfism is sometimes defined as an adult height of less than 4 feet 10 inches (58 in; 147 cm).[1] Dwarfism can be caused by more than 300 distinct medical conditions,[2] such that the symptoms and characteristics of individuals with dwarfism vary greatly.

My son Jordan has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. How was Jordan born with dwarfism?   Two Average Height Parents (with no history of dwarfism) have approximately 1 in 25,000 (0.004%) chance of giving birth to a child with dominant dwarfism. We were blessed to be 1 in 25,000 people to have a son born with achondroplasia.

It was a challenge when he was first born. The questions, “why is he so small? When will he grow? How old is he? The lingering stares of people” I remember watching him as a toddler who should have been walking but instead rolling from side to side on the floor and I started crying. I asked my mother, “When will he be able to walk?” She said, “When it’s time.”

Jordan is 16 years old now. He owns a car, works, and makes the honor roll. I’ve always taught my son that the only disability is a bad attitude. He can do just about everything anybody else can do even if he has to come up short.

Coming up short has always been perceived as negative until Zacchaeus. He was a wealthy man, a tax collector, who wanted to see Jesus but he couldn’t because he was short in stature. When you are short there are some things you have to contend with.

  1. The crowd. He wanted to see Jesus but the crowd was in the way. I called my son this morning to see if he was up for school. He was already in the parking lot at 6:37am He said, “He wanted to beat the crowd to get a parking space close to the building.” When you’re coming up short you have to beat the crowd.
  2. The climb. When you are short you have to climb up higher than everyone else to get a better vantage point and reach your goal. Just because it looks like it’s out of your reach doesn’t mean you can’t climb to get it.
  3. The courage to come down. When Jesus gets to the spot where Zacchaeus is, he tells him to come down so that he (Jesus) could stay at his home. Why did this take courage? Because the people didn’t like Zacchaeus   He was a tax collector. They were notorious for cheating people but Zacchaeus was courageous enough to answer the call.
  4. The conviction to correct your course when you discover that you’ve come up short. The people reminded Jesus of how corrupt Zacchaeus had been in his “come up.” They said he had cheated and stolen. Zacchaeus didn’t deny it but said this: Luke 19:8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’
  5. The commitment to follow Christ. Yesterday my son asked his youth pastor to be an advocate for the youth ministry. I asked why did he want to be an advocate. He said, “because I want to strengthen my relationship with Christ!” He’s no longer rolling on the floor. He’s walking. What about you?

Dear God,

We’ve all sinned and come up short but I thank you for coming to the spot where we came up short to invite us to come down where you were. Help me to give back what I owe and to restore what I stole. I’m just grateful that you saw me in the crowd. I’m ready to be your advocate and follow you everyday. Thank you for blessing me with a little person with a big heart. Bless every person who has to come up short to know that you will meet them and take them higher.
In Jesus Name,