If you were to have asked me “what do you think the combination of autism, blindness, failure to thrive and mental retardation would be like” back in February 1994, I’m not sure how I would have answered. But I’m sure I would have described it as unpleasant, maybe even horrifying, and certainly sad.
Fast forward 15 years and I live with a boy with all that stuff. Yet he lives with more freedom than I do, personifying Jesus’ command:
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” Luke 12:22-23
Paul doesn’t even think about tomorrow, let alone worry about it.
Of course my boy must have his mom and dad consider his needs. He is one of the most vulnerable boys on the planet. But what he doesn’t know (or at least cannot articulate) which I know from God’s word is that the creator of the universe, the maker and owner of everything, allows me to come to him.
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5b-7
Unlike my boy, who naturally lives without anxiety about tomorrow, I have to fight anxious thoughts. I’m grateful God answers, frequently and supernaturally, with peace that guards my heart and mind.