Not Knowing All The Options (John 11:25-26)

It was our first meeting with our new social worker. Our previous worker had been with our son for nearly 18 years. Our son, who has Down syndrome, was transitioning into programs designed to foster independent living and vocational training for young adults. 

“I have prepared this folder that describes some of the programs that both of you and your son may avail.” Looking at our bewildered expressions, she warmly smiled and said, “I know this is a lot of information but take your time to go through it. Some names have changed and are under different departments but the services they provide are still the same. Anytime you need to talk, I am always available.”

We surveyed a barrage of acronyms. AABA. HCBS. PHP. FCSN. We wanted to avail of her generous offer but the problem was we didn’t know what question to ask since we didn’t know what options were available. It was the unanswerable question, how does one know when one doesn’t know?

The quick answer is we don’t. There are many situations in life in which we do not have enough information to ask the proper question. One solution is to do a deep dive into the problem, hopefully with the assistance of a knowledgeable coach or mentor. With time, our new social worker helped us to navigate this alphabet soup of agencies and programs to find the best programs for our son. 

Some people who are seeking God think they need to have all of their questions answered about Him before they can place their faith in Him. I understand. I felt the same when I was searching for Him. I didn’t understand how to reconcile biology with Christianity. I didn’t understand why I needed God when I seemed to do fine by my own efforts. However, there was one nagging question that I needed to answer. “What happens when I die?” Do I simply cease to exist, returning to the dust from which I was formed? Do I roam the earth as a bodiless spirit? Do I go to heaven, hell or somewhere in between?

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 

John 11:25-26 (NASB)

After nearly a year of doing a deep dive and searching and reading the Bible, God gave me the answer. Only by accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior will I have the assurance of salvation and eternal life. Jesus sealed this promise with His death and resurrection. I still struggle with many issues, searching for answers and not always knowing the right questions to ask. However, I now have the most important question answered. 

Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life!

Praise God!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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