It sounds like I’m either describing how to tie a man’s tie or trying to sing that children’s song that has to do with going to Grandma’s house–somewhere in the woods! 🙂 Actually, I’m describing a conversation I had with Zachary tonight concerning having a brother with special needs! Among many other things, I told him that when we encounter problems or obstacles on our life’s path, we need to look UP and ask God to help us! He will then usually do one of three things:
- He will remove the problem, and we will be able to keep walking without being hindered!
- He will not do anything about the problem — let’s call it an obstacle — but he will give us grace to go THROUGH it!
- Or…contrary to modern thinking… He will have us stay IN the problem for a while so we can know more of His grace, mercy and power!
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego
Like many of those mentioned in the Scriptures, He chose to have them stay IN the problem. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego had to go IN the fiery furnace. BUT GOD…was there with them. When they escaped, it says not even their clothes smelled of smoke. How is that for deliverance!?
Paul, even though he asked the Lord three times to remove it, had to live with the “thorn in his flesh!” We don’t know exactly what that was, but we do know that God used it to manifest his grace. He said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (II Cor. 12:9). With that said, Paul decided he would rather have the thorn in his flesh and glory in the fact that Christ’s power would become more evident in his life.
The Rest of Us
As I sat listening to my 11-year-old son articulate his raw emotions in such a mature way, I wanted to cry (which I did later) and let him know that it will all get easier.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (II Cor. 4:17)!
One day … Andrew’s physical body will be free cerebral palsy that causes him to walk funny and which causes his feet to hurt. One day … Andrew will be free from periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) that causes him to be mentally handicapped. One day … Andrew’s behavioral problems will not be an issue. One day … Andrew won’t be made fun of by those who don’t know him.
One day we will all be able to see clearly, but until that day….we need to know that God is in control! Sometimes He calms the storm; other times He calms child!