Kevin, disability and God

A greater love

An anonymous author in Perth recently shared the experience of growing up with sibling Kevin, who lives with an intellectual disability.

- The Record

The writer describes the simple daily life of 30-year-old Kevin who has the communication capabilities of a seven-year-old, and the awe and envy felt for his intimate relationship with the Creator. Kevin has a seamless connection to God. It is a trust that allows Kevin to view the world with transparent wonder.

“Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ, he comes as a child,” the person wrote, “Kevin seems to know God – to really be friends with him in a way that is difficult for an ‘educated’ person to grasp.” It is an understanding shared by US evangelist Bill Johnson – he says we live in a world so influenced by logic we have become disconnected from the supernatural reality of our existence.

We have made the mistake, he claims, of trying to fit God into our natural world rather than the other way around. Kevin doesn’t have this struggle. His relationship with God is not anchored by the need to insert human reasoning into every situation.

Jesus, too, lived with such a profound intimacy and was able to interpret the world through the eyes of his heavenly Father. Jesus’ mission included refocusing the world’s outlook, to see beyond the limitation of human senses and view the world as God created it – not as man defined it.

He expressed this desire within the only prayer he taught his disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. He was, in effect, telling them, and us, the perfection of heaven could become a reality on earth.

With faith, he would also declare, mountains could be moved, the sick could be healed and the dead could be raised. Essentially, he was stating, the natural world came forth from the supernatural and should always be interpreted with this understanding.

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