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I was recently away from home. People often say it’s good for gaining perspective. Time out from the normal day to day to ponder how life is going. An opportunity to refresh and recharge, a chance to breathe. And it certainly delivered on all those counts.

But I found too that being away from my little chap with down syndrome caused my worry to increase. Away from him the reality of down syndrome felt weighty, scary and loomed large in my mind. I felt like I was grappling with the enormity of what it meant for our lives.

Back home again though, my little one chuckling in my arms, and the true reality returned. It was ok, it wasn’t down syndrome I was holding, it was my darling little boy. The down syndrome diagnosis only one aspect of him.

Don’t we do that with God as well? Somehow life and worries can push God into the background. Stress and anxiety take over and loom larger in our life than He does? Then that sweet moment when we declare His name over our circumstances, over our health, our families and we know it is going to be okay because God is in control.

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’ (Philippians 2:10)