Today I was sorting through a large storage box filled with pictures of years past. I ran across the picture above and it melted my heart. My mind was flooded with memories of long ago when Jonathan truly filled the shoes of a big brother. Now James the little brother by 2.1 years passes Jonathan up in size and ability. The tables have now turned, James acts like the big brother and Jonathan's protector. It's neat to see where they stand as brothers. Jonathan admires James, and looks to him for direction. In the picture I'm reminded of how happy Jonathan always was when James was around. He is still as happy today with James, he loves James very deeply.
The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will root deeply inside us and give inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. That kind of happiness stands in need of no outward stimulus.
When I read this the first person I thought of with such an attitude and outlook was Jonathan, he knows such happiness. I find it funny that people often times look at him with pity, thinking that he was slighted in life because he has Down Syndrome. No need to pity him for having been born with Ds, a hearing loss, and medical issues, the Lord has blessed him beyond measure. For what the world sees as imperfection was made perfect in His image, and Jonathan's soul, happiness, and attitude reflect just that!