“Trusting God? It is complicated!” we may think. But Vicki reminds us that God made is simple enough so that a child–or a young woman with different-abilities–could understand it–perfectly!
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life (Psalm 143:8).”
“What do you do?” Seems like an easy enough question to answer. Not so, for people whose disability robbed them of their profession.
Except for Anna, a young lady, who has Down syndrome.
The students in my Foundations of Special Education course were learning about intellectual disabilities. I invited Anna to visit our class. My college students compiled a list of questions to ask her.
I began with, “What do you do?”
Anna replied, “Trust Jesus.”
Thinking she misunderstood the question, I reworded it.
“How do you spend your time? What do you do every day?”
She insisted, “I trust Jesus.”
Her response left me speechless. A dumbfounded silence fell over the class.
Subsequently, Anna listed her numerous activities: acting, participating in sports, attending clubs, going to Bible studies, learning to type on a keyboard, working at her job. . . Those activities are mere details in her life. The driving force behind all she does is her trust Jesus. So it’s no surprise she exudes peace and radiates joy.
What a lesson Anna taught that night!
She challenged me to trust Jesus first and for everything: to help me begin my day, to order my activities, to give me strength to do errands, to ease my pain so I can make dinner, to grant me wisdom to make a looming decision, and to fill me afresh with hope for tomorrow.
Anna has got the right idea.
She has perfect peace because her thoughts are constantly on Jesus (Isaiah 26:3).
Blessings overflow in her life because she trusts in Jesus (Jeremiah 17:7).
Anna basks in God’s abundant hope because she trusts in her Lord (Romans 15:13).
Anna’s example may fade into the busy background of my life. No problem. My pocket change will remind me to change my complicated thinking. A quick glance at a dime or dollar bill will redirect my focus.
Our nation’s motto, “In God we trust” gives new meaning to financial security. That uncomplicated message can serve as a simple reminder. Trust a Father who offers divine security.
It’s not complicated. We trust Him. He’s faithful.
Prayer: Dear Father, Forgive me for leaning on my own understanding. As the proverb reminds me, help me trust in You with all my heart. In the morning, throughout the day, and at night. Every day. I praise You that Your ways are so simple. Thank You for Anna’s example. Life doesn’t have to be so complicated when You’re in charge. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 31-year-old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/
Young children also have a way a simply trusting Jesus. Their child-like faith can be contagious. Has a child in your life taught you a similar truth?
Isn’t child-like faith amazing? We could all use time to stop the busyness of life and hear the gospel from a child’s perspective. I am sure this little girl of three will warm your heart and make you giggle as she share the story of Jonah. -Lisa