It happens every other day or so, my quick-thinking, must-have-answers-to-everything little girl startling me with her tough questions. I should have known it was coming, because we had just spent the day at her school and in the hallway was a special needs student.
The most precious sweetheart you have ever seen, I am here to tell you. I have seen him before, his teacher walking him around, her hand always on his elbow, trying to keep him as quiet as possible, his body stiff as he walks, unable to do what I’m sure he wishes it would do. He looks to be around 17 or 18, I’m not quite sure, a young man trapped in a disabled body. Groaning in a high-to-low pitch he tries to communicate. And I have to give him credit, a shout out right here and now, for the fact that he makes the best eye contact compared to anyone else.
Most people mind their own day, their own children, a quick hello if anything at all. But not this one. He looks right at you with the biggest, most expressive eyes and he TRIES to say something. And it can be uncomfortable for some, that urge to cringe, not because you don’t care, but because you don’t know what to say.
I should have seen it coming, her questions.
That night as I was tucking her in, after saying prayers, she looks at me and asks “What was wrong with that boy at school?”
I hung my head. I could see she was grasping that some children aren’t born the same as others, that some are born with physical problems. “It doesn’t seem fair!” she said. “Why does God allow that?”
Oh boy. I will be honest. I had no profound words that a 5-year-old would understand. I did the best I could, told her that every one, no matter what we look like are precious and to be loved and accepted. I wrapped my arms around her, thankful for what I was given.
What do you say?
I guess you’re never too young or old to wrestle with hard questions of faith. Have you ever been pressed in with tough questions? Don’t ever give up wrestling for your faith. Life does have meaning … even if you have to search for it.
God will wipe every tear from their eyes … Revelation 21:4