A tiny bud precedes the bloom.
Kid’s are no different. On the spectrum, off the spectrum, I’ve seen kids time and time again who don’t outwardly exhibit the potential that lies deep within them.
Some people can’t see hidden potential because they believe others who tell them to “stop looking.”
As I celebrate the approaching Easter season I am reminded that few people acknowledged Jesus Christ for who He was until after His resurrection. He often spoke of His death and resurrection but even His disciplines did not fully understand the reality of His words.
After His resurrection, Jesus’ disciples did not readily recognize Him. They were looking for Who He was instead of seeing Him for Who He had become.
We can see someone close to us for so long that we become blinded to the changes or potential within them.
I always thought of college in regards to my oldest son, Lan’s big brother. Yet over the course of this year Lan has spoken more and more of where he wants to go to college. If I had listened to naysayers, doubters and even my own dull thoughts I would not now have started vetting majors, schools, and financial aid for him.
I now see through Lan’s growth and the wisdom of others that Lan isn’t who he used to be!
Faith allows me to now glimpse with spiritual eyes the potential God has for him. Technology that exists today I never could have imagined when we received our first diagnosis. Back then, through prayer, I pushed and prodded for the best. Yet, I couldn’t “see” what God could do with our situation.
Now, I push and prod with faith for the new thing God will do next!
Is life along the spectrum perfect? Hardly.
But neither is it perfect on any path that I’ve ever been privy to.
I am willing to look a bit closer, think a bit broader and allow my mind to embrace whatever possibilities come our way! In doing so I not only celebrate the resurrection of my Savior but the resurrection of my spirit!
There was a time not many years ago that I felt dead. I went through the motions and “kept going” because I didn’t have a choice to stop. People depended on me.
Now, I depend on God. Completely.
I once felt spiritually barren, dry and defeated. Maybe even killed. Yet, God in His grace stirred up a hope within me.
God’s faithfulness fueled my personal “resurrection” and allowed me to see His goodness instead of mourning “what is not.”
As spring breaks forth, I challenge you to look at your loved ones a bit differently. Don’t view them from the same unchanging perspective.
Dare to really see them as God sees them and perhaps dare to pray “Why not?”
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Mark 9:23-24 NKJV