Today my youngest son will attend his first day of marching band camp. To say he is thrilled is an understatement. I will admit I’m rather proud of him and share his enthusiasm. Getting to this point was a long time in coming.
You see, he has watched his brother perform for the past two years all the while longing to be on the field himself.
Freshman year marching wasn’t an option. We had a huge transition from middle school to high school without the familiar safety net of teachers to watch after him. There was no way my little grasshopper among giants could have withstood the onslaught of people, sounds and orchestrated chaos that comes with marching band.
Fast forward two years later and my grasshopper is now one of the giants. Now six feet tall, my “little” guy has grown not just physically but mentally as well. He is no longer overwhelmed by the masses of students. He can now manage his classes with the help of tutors.
It was only a few years ago that I couldn’t imagine his participation was possible even as I prayed otherwise. Thankfully, my prayers preempted all “rational” reasoning.
Years ago all the “facts” dictated that Lan was hardly a candidate for marching band.
He was uncoordinated, not very strong and easily distracted. The rigor of long practices with a hundred or so other kids would have been impossible.
But with God all things are possible.
Sometimes we rely so much on reports, grades, IEPs and diagnoses that it prevents us from imagining what God would do for us.
I am slowly learning that the sum of my blessings is proportional to my faith. My only limiting factor is me.
Time and time again God surprises me when things look hopeless. My audacity to dare and believe creates a “yes” when everything else points to “no.”
I’m learning not to allow how I feel to dictate what I believe.
Feelings are fleeting.
God’s Word is eternal.
If we allow the imperfections in our lives to overcome us, we will never have faith enough to recognize and receive God’s best!
We may allow ourselves to be labeled by autism yet, it is crucial to have faith enough not to be limited by it.
Dependency on ourselves will always leave us wanting. However, God is more than enough when we trust that He can and He will.
Listen to your gut.
Listen to God.
It is only what He says that truly matters.
His Word and our faith create the best outcomes.
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