When struggling leads to abiding

abide down syndrome struggles the worthy walk Jul 08, 2020

Almost a decade ago, I sat at dinner with a friend and wept. Postpartum depression wouldn’t relent, my husband’s business was keeping him busy far beyond the “normal” 40-hour work week, and my infant son had just been diagnosed with Down syndrome. I was struggling but not abiding… and I knew it. “I feel like I am standing at the base of a terrifying mountain,” I told her, “and I know once I’m on the other side, I’ll be better spiritually—deeper and more joyful and all of that. But right now, I don’t care. I don’t want to be deep and joyful. I just want to be shallow and happy.”

It sounds funny now, but in the moment, I meant it. I was willing to sacrifice the depth if it meant skipping the struggle. But, friends, that is not how life works. We don’t get to skip the struggle. “In this world you will have tribulation,” Jesus tells his disciples in John 16:33 (emphasis added). That part is out of our control. How we respond, though, is up to us. We can cower in fear, we can face it in our own power, or we can abide in Christ. I have tried all three… and only one has resulted in victory and life.

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