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Throw your hands up and PANIC!

“Throw your hands up and PANIC!”


These were the directions given to us by the photographer at the LaBrea Tar Pits. We were taking one of those green screen photos that they try to sell at the end of your visit. I usually can say no to these photos but I HAD to have this one. There we were: arms flaying in fear as we sank to our extinction in a pool of photoshopped tar….except our son. He’s right up front, big smile with his hand raised in greeting.

No fear.

It’s a ridiculous picture.

We’re doing what was expected and he’s doing his own autism thing.


But the more I looked at the picture ( because, yes, I bought it AND the digital download set), the more I saw something different.

Thomas was doing it right.


They do not fear bad news; Their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7


When bad news comes: illness, financial problems, stepping on the scale after a cheat day becomes a cheat month/cheat season.....What is my usual response?

Phone a friend?

Pretend nothing is wrong?

Throw my hands up and PANIC?


I need to be more like our autistic son: stand right up front, big smile with my hand raised in greeting.

No fear.

Bad things WILL happen. But I can trust that God cares for me. God cares for all of us. He has a plan for all of this sticky tar pit of a mess we call life.

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