This year, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be an assistant every afternoon for a student at Mississippi State University who has multiple disabilities. Her predominant diagnosis is a hearing impairment, but she does have two cochlear implants. Every afternoon and evening that we spend together is different and full of various experiences. This job has taught me so many things and Amanda herself has shown me such solid truths about life. As we walk across campus and go to social events, I enter into the world that Amanda experiences every day of her life. I see the looks that people give her. I feel the confusion of new environments with so many noises going on around us. Yet, I also see the patience that Amanda exudes. Although she does struggle with anxiety sometimes, my friend calmly walks through her daily routine seeming not to notice the fact that she is often very lost. She has complete trust in me and is confident that I will not allow harm to befall her. Sometimes her naivety surprises me, but I am also so jealous of her simple faith. Amanda does do so many things, yet she is not always striving for the next big thing in life. She gently and patiently goes on with her life without much thought or worry about her future.
I am confident that God has put this precious girl into my life to remind of these simple truths. He really does have a beautiful and sovereign plan for each one of His children. And we are called to rest in this promise, despite the difficult circumstances that our life may bring before us. This simple patience and peace can only come from Christ alone, and it is definitely a gift. Yet, God has promised to bless us with this rest. I only pray that I can daily learn to walk through my own life with more faith and trust in my Magnificent Savior. Isn’t it beautiful how God can use brokenness and disability to be an example of this for me?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”