It’s World Down Syndrome day today. I hadn’t planned anything specific to acknowledge today but I have given Chloe heaps of extra cuddles and kisses and I am sure that when Andrew gets home from work this afternoon, he will too.
I wrote this piece a few weeks ago and thought it would be fitting to share today.
But suddenly, not long before the end of your journey, it starts to rain. Pouring rain. The lights go out and the train turns left onto a different track. You panic. This is not the way to that Heavenly place! You look out the window and all you see is darkness so you start thinking the worst. The darkness consumes you. The train shudders as it picks up speed and you are scared. You want to get off. Why didn’t someone tell you this was going to happen so that maybe you could have gotten off at an earlier station? You curl into a ball and close your eyes.
Finally, after taking yet another bend, the train slows. As it grinds to a halt, you feel the warmth of sunshine on your face. You look out the window. What you see is pretty but very unfamiliar. You feel uneasy because you don’t like the unexpected, especially after the wild train ride you just had. Nothing good can come from that. This is definitely not the place you were expecting and you are sad as you think about what you are missing out on.
As you move down the carriage towards the door, tears roll down your cheeks and you yearn for the place you thought you were headed. As the doors open, you step out and are surprised to see that there are people there to greet you, who want to hold your hand and help you off the train. Who want to carry your luggage. You are still frightened but now you feel comforted and maybe even a bit hopeful.
After a little while, you get on with things in this new place and soon discover that actually, you really are in the same place as last time. You just took a different route and disembarked on a different platform. You realise now that Heaven is a far bigger place with so many more things than you ever imagined. Things that you never knew about. There is so much to learn.
This side of Heaven is different but it’s still breathtaking in every way and when you realise this you start to feel happy again. Not everyone gets to come to this side and perhaps you should consider yourself lucky that you did.