If a tree falls in the forest…

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

This cliche is the perfect allegory for one of the great battles going on right now in our household.  Wikipedia defines the question as a philosophical riddle that raises questions regarding observation and knowledge of reality.

When Ben has  seizures they occur directly in the memory center of his brain.  Unfortunately, this leaves him with little or no recollection of the event.  So one of the greatest challenges in our life is that the seizures occur, but Ben does not experience them with the same clarity or recollection as the people around him.  He simply does not know when he is having seizures.   So even though we are living in the same home and sharing the same experiences, our observations and knowledge of reality differ greatly.

I am amazed that our relationship has remained as strong as it is.  And I am thankful to God that our homelife has remained relatively peaceful.

I am thankful that nothing escapes the perfect knowledge of God.  And I am thankful that He promises in Philippians 4:6 – 7:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Ben and I have the peace of God, which surpasses both of our understanding of this situation.  Thank you, Lord.  We would truly be lost without You.


One comment on “If a tree falls in the forest…

  1. How good that God has been able to give you this increasingly peaceful clarity about Ben’s condition. I hurt for you, Nancy. You are often in my prayers.

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