Sometimes our self-perceived intellectual prowess and worldly accomplishments are our biggest obstacle to having our heart touched and filled by God. Once, when working as a volunteer for the Special Olympics, I met Beth, a petite, sweet-faced woman who was the first inductee into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame. She walked up to me, stuck out her tiny little hand to shake mine, and looked me in the eye and said with her sweet, childlike voice: “Thank you so much for all the hard work and support you are doing for all of us athletes. We are so thankful for you.” At that moment, as I looked into her eyes and held her hand—I knew I was being touched by God. I don’t know how else to describe it. It was a beautiful phenomena. It was as if her intellectual limitations and physical disabilities–qualities we hold in such high regard–placed her in a better position for God to fully express Himself. Perhaps her lack of understanding of what we hold important left her unpolluted by pretense or pride–I don’t really know. All I know, is that I saw God in a way that was sweet and beautiful. Beth’s unrestrained and innocent expression of thankfulness connected me with God’s presence in my heart and flooded of my soul with joy. There is no way to. adequately articulate this experience. However, I can unequivocally say, that as a result of this experience, this verse leaps off the pages of the Bible and touches my heart with meaning: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matt. 25:40) I saw a manifestation of God in Beth that I want people to see in me. God speaks and expresses Himself most freely through the humble in spirit—because the humble heart is an open door through which He can pass through. It is much rarer to see God in those blessed by worldly accomplishments because we are often filled with the pride in who we are, the talents we possess, or the knowledge we attain. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6) When we are humble, God replaces our pride with His purity and we realize that He is the one who gives us our value. When we realize our value comes from God, we are filled with Him and our weaknesses become our strengths.