Paranoia, Schizophrenia, & Trust


From Cheryl Swope | September 9, 2020 | Faith, For Special Needs, Reflections

This has been a rough time. One week ago today we learned of ongoing deception devised by mental disturbance and acted upon by a bewildering mix of impulsivity and intentional deception. We all lost sleep and spent many hours over the “holiday” weekend pondering what went wrong.

But the Lord is faithful. As always, He turns our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11), even if we think this time surely He will not.

All of the heartache led to a profoundly beneficial conversation with my 25-year-old son about trust. Proverbs 3:5 featured prominently. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. This is especially true when one’s own understanding is clouded by delusion. (Though if all of ours were not, we would not have the proverb!)

In whom do we trust? Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. God gives us people in our lives whom we can trust when our own thinking is clouded or disturbed. Thanks be to God for these people.

Before I could speak with my son, I needed to speak to someone I trusted. A 3-hour talk in a quiet, secluded, tree-filled park with a longtime friend led to my requisite unburdening. This was supposed to be a “picnic” on Labor Day for the two of us to catch up! I took only one bite of my salad. Then she asked how I was doing. My eyes welled in spite of myself. She listened. I let everything spill forth unfiltered.

The next day, refreshed, I was then ready to speak with my son.

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As all of this unfolded and as we reflected on the events leading from childhood to this moment, my husband and I realized that the message of Simply Classical is relevant now more than ever.

Update October 26, 2020

We instituted a restitution plan. Our son is earning money to repay the debt and says he feels confident he can repay in full. We’re charting this with him and grateful to be able to help him work toward restoration. Forgiveness, redemption, restoration, and healing — these words are needed now in so many realms of life!

Thanks be to God; you are never alone.

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