by Louise Tucker Jones
I’m a fan of animated movies. It’s one of the perks of raising a “challenged” child, having watched so many during my son’s youth. And even though, Jay, my adult son with Down syndrome, would now rather watch a rousing WWE video than what he considers to be a kid’s movie, I still enjoy them. And though these films may appear to be simple cartoons, many have wonderful story lines.
One of my favorites is about a horse whose spirit could not be broken, even with all the adversity that came his way. He had been captured from the free plains, and though he eventually found his way home, there were trials and adventures along the way. One scene especially stood out to me. The horse was escaping the enemy with a young Native American brave riding his back. They came to a dead-end cliff that dropped hundreds of feet to a river below—sudden death.
The horse stopped. Backed up. Then set his gaze forward. The young brave whispered, “Oh, no!” as he realized the horse planned to jump the canyon. Would he make it to the other side? We in the audience certainly hoped he would, but I was struck by the rider’s demeanor. Once the plan was in motion, the jump made with horse and rider airborne above the deep chasm, the young brave threw his hands into the air and yelled at the top of his voice. He didn’t know if they would make it, but he was determined to enjoy the moment, the exhilaration of flying through the air to a precarious destination.
Of course, in this fairytale movie, horse and rider are safe and live happily ever after. Life isn’t always like that. But I learned a lesson from that young rider. He took pleasure in that intense, magical moment of the unknown. He didn’t have the assurance that he would land safely on the other side of the gorge, but he still enjoyed the “ride.”
I have to admit that I don’t always celebrate my uncertain moments: those times when God calls me out of my comfort zone. Times when God wants me to abandon myself to His care and “soar,” even if I don’t know the outcome. To revel in the unknown because all is known to Him. Like the young man in the movie, my job is to trust the One who carries me, knowing He is trustworthy. To follow the One who leads me because He never leads me astray.
I’m to give the Lord full reign over my life. Not just my talents or good deeds, but also my insecurities and fears. I’m to put full faith and trust in His word which says: “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 hope and a future”” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
When I do this, I will safely reach the destination God plans for me, even if it feels a little scary at times. I will live with an assurance that God is always in control. And best of all, I will take joy in the journey and celebrate every moment of the ride.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7 NIV
About the author: Louise Tucker Jones is an author, speaker and columnist. Her poignant life stories will touch your heart or tickle your funny bone. Having a son with Down syndrome, Louise coauthored the Gold Medallion award-winning book, Extraordinary Kids. Married to Carl 45 years before he relocated to heaven, Louise is a mother, grandmother, professed chocoholic, and founder of the support group, Wives With Heavenly Husbands.
Extraordinary Kids: Nurturing and Championing Your Child with Special Needs, provides parents with vital information to help celebrate, nurture, and prayerfully champion their special-needs children.
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