…for we walk by faith, not by sight. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7
I take the blessing of mobility for granted. I’ve never known otherwise. Being around infants, however, reminds me daily of the painful, prolonged process required to develop this skill.
My wife and I have been blessed with three children, and our youngest, Elias, recently started showing interest and capability for mobility. Given his medical challenges (see About Elias), we really did not know what to expect in various areas of his development, especially the efficacy of the lower half of his body.
And ironically, my wife recently found this video scrolling through a Facebook feed and soon after this blog post was born.
What a moving video, story, and family. As you can imagine, we were wrecked. This is not just a story “out there,” this is personal.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” ~ Luke 12:34
“We have to inform you of your legal right to abort,” they told us.
“This is really bad,” they told us.
“Many couples end up getting divorced from something like this,” they told us.
“You really should look into counseling,” they told us.
“He could end up being a vegetable,” they told us.
But we told them, “He’s our son. Our good God gave him to us, and we will love him as he needs.”
We knew that there was something greater than their well-intentioned offers of comfort, control, and convenience. “Faith is the great equalizer,” says pastor Terry Crist. So with our mustard seed, we will face and conquer the mountains of our son’s challenges. (see Mt. 17:20) And through such conquering, our “problem” will be transformed into a platform for providing praise to, faith in, and hope from our great God.
One sure way we do this is by celebrating each “step” of progress he makes. Progress is, of course, made up of a series of small, steady steps. It may not feel like much, but it’s movement and in hindsight, we’ll gasp at the miracle.
And so we invite you to share in our first home video since Elias started physical therapy. We hope and pray that in the days to come we too will have similar success with our spina bifida spectacle as Indiana seen above, but until then, join us in building our praise, faith, and hope!
…I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. ~ Ephesians 4:1