Is it me or does 2016 seem like it happened years ago instead of months? It’s April, the first month of the second quarter of 2017. Here I am. Still fighting. Still moving forward—even if it’s a struggle. I press on because I have hope. That’s why I work today.
plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11 Click To Tweet
April, oh April.
April is Autism Awareness Month. Honestly, every month at my house is Autism Awareness Month. We’ve been hands-on with autism and sensory processing disorder since our oldest child was about two years old. At first, I didn’t know what to do. As a mom, I want the best for my children. I thought autism meant my child would never learn or live on his own. I worried about what would happen to him as I aged and could no longer care for him. Those fears, while valid, only lasted a few minutes.
I got up, put on my big girl panties and the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20). There was no way I would allow autism to defeat my family or me. I didn’t pray away autism. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had. Instead, I asked God to help me to raise my son, the one he blessed me with, to be a strong, God-fearing man who could not only take care of himself but who could impact the world. Here’s that hope again.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:3-4 (NKJV)
That means my children—even the one with autism—is a heritage from the Lord. God loved me so much that he trusted me with one of his most precious gifts. My boys, the ones I prayed for, are a reward!“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” - Psalm 127:3 (NKJV) Click To Tweet
Have you ever used a bow and arrow? I have. In one hand you hold the bow. In the other you hold, the arrow. You must have a strong arm to hold the bow. But, the arm attached to the hand that holds the arrow must be strong and steady. When you place the arrow against the bow string and pull back, you meet resistance. If you’re strong and steady enough, you can maintain your target while you prepare to release the arrow.
Archery is like parenting. You must look towards the future as you face the resistance of childrearing. Your resistance might be autism. Or, it could be stubbornness, ADD/ADHD, rebellion, sexual abuse, etc. Resistance not only strengthens you, but it also allows you to be steadfast and willing to reassess your mark and how you help your child to get there.
With prayer and commitment, your children can be like arrows in the hand of a warrior. Warrior on in prayer, faith, and action, so your child will become the adult God created him to be.
As we prepare for Easter Sunday, let us continue to look towards the future. If God can send his only Son to Earth to die and then resurrect him, he can give you the fortitude you need to make it through parenting, lost wages, divorce, sickness, and disease.
Where there is Jesus, there is hope.Where there is Jesus, there is hope. Click To Tweet