You can find a really helpful podcast episode here. It’s 17 minutes long and really worth making time to listen to. Darcy Strickland, the mother of a son with a disability, is interviewed and she’s honest and realistic in her wrestling with the Lord. Of course her experience may be different to ours but I was especially struck by her comments in three areas:
- Raising children in God’s image not ours.
- Isolation as being one of the hardest parts of this trial.
- How disability can force us to think about heaven a lot.
I hope it’s a help to you as it was to me.
The question comes from an article I read a while ago. It covers both sides. You can read it here.
It’s a striking way of putting it and addresses one of two potential pitfalls in disability.
The first pitfall is that we don’t let others help us. We become too proud and exist in a cocoon of self-reliance; we can set ourselves up as ‘us against the world’. That denies others the blessing of serving us and us of learning to receive.
But we can fall off the horse the other way too if we don’t consider how we can bless others. Romans 13:8 says: “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” That is true for every believer who knows the way that Christ has served us.
That is the pitfall this article is addressing. Read it, weigh it, pray over it and ask for the mindset change we need from the Lord. Sometimes that will feel like a battle but it’s not beyond our gracious heavenly Father.