He is the reason I came to this church. I didn’t know it at the time, but God led me straight into his path. So much of what I’d learned in life seemed to have prepared me for being his buddy. The Sunday I met Logan was the second time he’d been to church in his life. He didn’t know what to expect or how to behave in such a strange setting, so I got to show him. But it didn’t stop there.
I got to be there when his parents came to church together for the first time. I watched him learn how to worship and rejoice through singing. I got to meet with his mom and study the Bible with her from the perspective of a new Christian. We got to dig into passages about the Fruit of the Spirit and verses relating to disabilities, like John 9:1-3. I got to tell her the story of "Jonah and the Big Fish." (She was convinced I was making it up!) And I got to be there when his parents got remarried.
The couple came to church vulnerable, hesitant and excited to see what it meant to follow Jesus. They had heard about the love of God, but it seemed too good to be true. They experienced the life-changing forgiveness and redemption that only comes from the Lord, and then they came to church.
They have a son with a developmental disability and needed to know if the church could meet his needs, and thereby provide access to church for the whole family. If they could not attend as a family, then what? How would they learn these are not legends or myths about a god but true stories about the only God? What would have happened to Logan’s parents, his little sister and him if they had not seen a place for Logan at The Well? Would they have looked for another church? Or, infinitely worse, would they have given up on being part of the church altogether?
I say these things not to produce guilt; I say them to open your hearts and minds to see the blessings that can come from serving as a buddy to a child with a developmental disability. The blessings will never fail to be immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine.
The truth is God's will is never thwarted. His will was and is accomplished no matter what we do or don't do. There is such rest and relief in that promise. If I had not said yes to God leading me to this church then I may never have met Logan, and I wouldn't have been able to watch God do multiple miracles in his family's life. The fact is I would have lost out, not them.
My favorite part of the story of Esther is when her uncle tells her God is going to save the Jews from annihilation. She has the choice to be part of it or to stay out of it. He encourages her by suggesting that her life may have a bigger purpose than she envisioned:
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” - Esther 4:14 (ESV)
Esther chose to be a part of what God was doing. She risked her life and was able to watch God save the Jewish people. You're not being asked to risk your life. Just try something new, and maybe slightly scary, so that you can watch God save families affected by disability. Who knows whether you are at The Well for such a time as this?