I have a friend in one of the current violent hot spots of the world. He is bringing the good news to a very dark place spiritually.
And he is the parent of a child with a disability along with some other serious health issues in other members of the family.
I don’t know how many missionary families there are in the world who are also experiencing disability, but I know it is more than one! And, realistically, every missionary family will be confronted by disability because disability is everywhere.
I am feeling Paul’s call to the church in fresh ways:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV)
I emailed my friend because I was concerned about him and wanted him to know I was praying for him. Here was his response:
All good here… It’s just letting the world see what we already know the reality to be…
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but that hit me right between the eyes with its truth! The reality of sin is so dark and so twisted, yet we seek to hide it in pretty packages of intelligence or wealth or power. Those violent images on my screen don’t even begin to show how truly evil we are without God giving us beating hearts for him and spiritual eyes to see.
Our primary problem is not disability. Sin is far worse.
Please pray for those in dangerous places who God is using to bring his glorious light into darkness.