During the Desiring God National Conference, I had the opportunity to meet in person several people I only knew by their work and their writings. I also had the chance to see some old friends, and even had members of my family attend their first conference.
And the connection was entirely based on loving Jesus, wanting to know him better, and encouraging others to treasure him above all things. It was humbling and beautiful and wonderful.
A highlight was a dinner with friends from far away and close by, all connected by disability in our families.
Ours is a strange fraternity in one sense – we don’t usually choose to join, although I met one young pastor who is pursuing adopting a child with disabilities.
Yet, as I looked around that table, I saw a group of people who had been transformed by God into seeing the strength and majesty of God over disability, helping us daily to persevere in what he has given us to do and profoundly feeling God’s blessing.
So I walk away from this weekend deeply encouraged and excited about what God might be pleased to do with and through our unusual families.
Yes, God is sovereign over disability, and he is entirely good.