The baby lay critically ill in the hospital, fighting to breathe. He had pneumonia, which made staying alive a struggle for his 8-month-old body. Doctors, nurses, and his family fought to save this weak baby boy.
Some people say he should never have made it to 8 months of age. Others say this precious child should not have been allowed to be born, or that he should have been left to die after he was born.
Why would anyone say this? For one simple reason: Dylan has Down syndrome. Through no fault of his own or of his parents, my great-nephew has an extra chromosome, and he will face some added struggles in his life.
But isn’t his life worth as much as the life of a sick baby with an extra chromosome? Are we not all of equal value in the eyes of our Creator? Aren’t we all deficient in some way? Our lack of perfection should remind us that no one has the right to judge another’s worth.
Our imperfections are opportunities for God to work in our lives. That’s what Jesus told His disciples when they asked why a man had been born blind. He said it happened so that“ the works of God should be revealed in him”(John 9:3).
We’re seeing God work in Dylan’s life. That’s what he’s here for-just like the rest of us.
People in whom the world sees no value,
But only a burden to bear,
Teach us great lessons of God’s sovereign power—
He loves them as treasures so rare. —Carbaugh
If God didn’t have a purpose for us, we wouldn’t be here.