Don’t You Care If We Drown?

Don’t You Care If We Drown? June 17, 2013

photo credit Jennifer Ellison

A few years ago, I came to a totally new understanding of a passage from the Bible in Mark 4 when Jesus falls asleep in a boat and his disciples wake him up when a storm comes. I wrote about it then, but it has been reposted on (a site I recommend for anyone who has children with special needs and would like some spiritual encouragement), so I thought I would repost the beginning of it here as well:

After Penny was diagnosed with Down syndrome, there  were days when I felt as if I was drowning. I could almost feel my lungs filling up with water. I could almost see my murky surroundings, the distorted objects and the light filtering through. I thought I would never  come to the surface.

Back then, my head was filled with questions and my  heart was filled with dread. I was scared of the life we would live as a  family. I was scared that Down syndrome would take our daughter away from  us. I was scared that I just wasn’t up to the task of having a child with  special needs.

In that time, I found great comfort in a passage from Mark 4. Here, Jesus and his disciples set out across a lake. Jesus falls asleep.  And then a storm comes up. It’s a tremendous storm, and the disciples  work furiously to keep the boat afloat. Finally, one of them shakes Jesus  awake and yells, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

I  love it. They are so scared, so exhausted, so certain that their situation is a  desperate one, that they cut right to what they are thinking. No false piety  here.

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