We have been busy in our household helping our senior with his college applications. Lan has been quite interested himself in the application process. He stated, “When you’re done with him then we can get started on me.”
I easily recall wondering if this kid would be able to graduate high school. Now, these many years later, he is thinking about college.
Lan has always struggled in school. Though very bright, he can’t always verbalize what he knows. Years ago, when people would ask about possible plans for the future, a wave of dread would come over me. Now, I’m just waiting to see what happens next.
I learned from a close friend who happens to be a college professor that more and more colleges are incorporating transition programs and assistance for people with learning and developmental disabilities. I did a bit of research and actually found a few. Yet, many of the programs were in the Northeast part of the country. We live in the southeast. The idea of just sending my “baby” twelve or more hours away doesn’t sit well.
I eventually stopped worrying about it and decided God will make a way.
Well, last night I came upon this article, “Students with special needs get own program at University of Georgia.”
Now UGA is only about forty-five minutes from me. The article also mentions another school with a similar program that is only an hour away. It looks like there is a realistic pathway for Lan to “go off to college,” after all.
Years ago I never imagined the programs now available in higher education for kids like mine.
But God knew.
Sometimes when we are overwhelmed and it looks like situations are hopeless we must trust God for the answer.
I’m learning this more and more as Lan tackles things that were once impossible. The leaps and gains he has made have been miraculous. I suspect the progress made would never have come about if we held on to every negative word spoken over us.
I stopped looking at the statistics and looked for God to make a way.
A poor progress report can no longer push me into a state of panic. I keep telling Lan he is smart and can do whatever is required. I truly believe Lan does better because we expect better.
What if that same principle applies to God?
I’m not sure what the future holds but I’m holding fast to God and expecting great things.
How about you?
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 NKJV