In my internet travels, I came across an article that got me thinking…
Why it is considered “just being real” to focus only on the struggles of life? Wouldn’t basic reality include a balance of difficulties and joys?
Is it right to live our lives on the verse, “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now,”
and turn a suspicious eye on anyone who is living on this one, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.” ???
And like it does in nearly every Psalm, shouldn’t hope, thankfulness, joy, blessing, praise, confidence in God, the eventual triumph of right–shouldn’t this side of reality be allowed to have the last word?
Unless, that is, we are a people without hope…
Of course it’s not reflective of the truth to leave the struggles out of the story, or to quickly skip to the end and paint everything with a rosy brush! But the truth about the depth of suffering caused by sin in the world is not the whole story. Knowing the truth of how hopeless everything and everyone is without our Redeemer should serve to magnify His glory.
Because the whole point of the story is His glory! Christians of all people have reason to reflect the light of hope, not short-term hope, but ultimate hope, into every part of life.
From God’s perspective as Author, the story of life has already been written, and the last word is that He is the Victor!
This is an edited excerpt from the article that got my mental wheels turning. It’s titled, A Story about My Two Daughters: How to Live in the World of Possibility, by Candee Basford.
“My first daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome soon after she was born. Her language is delayed. Her abstract thinking abilities impaired. She is easily distracted and sometimes refuses to follow or listen to directions. She has some autistic-like tendencies. She has a bilateral hearing loss. Hearing aides have been recommended but she refuses to wear them. She has an uncorrected vision of 20/200 and a corrected vision of 20/60 at a distance. She is highly farsighted with nystagmus. She can be extremely stubborn and sometimes makes inappropriate comments. She can perform some functional tasks but has trouble with basic tasks like counting money and making change. She can follow simple cooking instructions. She can make her bed.
“My second daughter is a sophomore in college. She is majoring in science. She loves anatomy and physiology, biology and anything connected to science. She loves to read but because of a vision loss she needs to take frequent breaks. She has a hearing loss so it helps if she can see the speaker and keep background noise to a minimum. Recently, she has become very interested in sketching portraits. Because of this new interest she is taking a course in advanced drawing. She is popular – the life of the party. She has many friends. She has the ability to make other people feel welcome and loved. She is persistent, loves having fun and has a great personality. She loves to dance, travel and write to and receive letters from friends.
The story of my two daughters illustrates the power of our words and our perspectives.
How? Both stories are about the same person, my daughter.”
Going beyond the human empowerment/positive thinking gospel the author seems (from the rest of the article) to believe in, I considered how Verity’s Creator sees her. Like everyone else, Verity has been affected by sin in the world. That isn’t all there is to her story, though. She has the image of her Creator stamped upon her. And we pray that it will be God’s good pleasure to bring glory to Himself through her life, just as we pray for ourselves and our other children.