So my son is 15 months old, and this weekend we’re supposed to take him to the pediatrician to get his first dose of the MMR vaccine (Measels, Mumps and Rubela). My wife and I have been going back and forth on the idea of vaccinating him and whether it’s in his best interest.
Tonight at dinner I was sitting there watching him, totally enjoying how he smiles, talks, and feeds me. A fear came through me of what it would be like if he suddenly changed to autistic. At the same time, there is this gripping fear that if we don’t vaccinate him here is a great illness waiting for him down the road.
As I have learned, being a parent is about trusting God will protect and provide us, and our son. There is a promise in Isaiah:
1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.