Boy, do we serve such an amazing God that no matter the disability a person may have whether it’s a physical or cognitive disability He is able to reach into their hearts and make himself real to them. I have often wondered how to explain the death of a loved one to my son in hopes he would understand what I was telling him. My son has a cognitive disability and his reality is not always our reality. I am grateful that Jesus made himself real to him and he knows someday Jesus will return for him. Sometimes as a parent I never know exactly how much is getting in and I’m sure it’s the same for many parents regardless if their child has a disability or not.
The other day I had to tell my son a person, whom he used to be very close to, died from lung cancer. He became very sad, the lip curled down and his eyes filled with tears, as he looked at me. He then took several deep sighs and sniffed a couple of times and said, “But, Mom she didn’t have Jesus in her heart.” Talk about your heart breaking for your son!
Well, here I am not wondering about what I’m going to say anymore. So I told him that my hope was that in her last moments Jesus came to her and she recalled all the times you used to talk about Jesus. I reminded him of how many times he told her about David and Goliath actually to the point she asked me if I read any other stories to him besides that one. Trying to help ease his pain I wanted to help him remember all the times he called on Jesus for help when he was with her because God would bring all those times to her mind. I wanted him to know that all those times he called on Jesus were seeds being planted and that God would use them for His good. My hope is that she believed and received the truth in the very moment Jesus made himself known to her. I told him God doesn’t want anyone to perish and he says so in his word;
John 3:16 (NLT);
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
What are you hoping for today?