As many of you know, the eldest of my three daughters, Lily, has been endowed with a bonus chromosome that bears the unfortunate title of Down syndrome; such a misnomer because there is NOTHING “down” about Lily. Yesterday, her twelve year old sister complained about a rough day of seventh grade drama and Lily said to her, “Pray about it and deal with it!” And that is how she approaches life, giving her problems to God and trusting Him to take care of her.
On a recent flight, Lily and I landed in Dallas at the same time our connecting flight was boarding…four terminals away. We were seated in the back of the plane and I started to get that bad hostage situation feeling. I turned to her and said, “Lily, this doesn’t look good.” She looked at me resolutely and responded, “We’re here and we’re happy.” I think I could make a fortune if I turned that fabulous phrase into a T-shirt. (And yes, we made our flight!)
She lives the verses she was named after: “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:27-28
But even Lily had one dreaded fear in life: fireworks.
Read how she overcame it in this beautiful essay by my eloquent friend, Lynn Morrissey, author of Love Letters to God: Deeper Intimacy Through Written Prayer. Lynn submitted this for a writing contest by Faith Radio and would welcome your vote. This biased mama thinks it’s a winner!
Where is anxiety creeping into your life? I invite you to consider this Lily…