Believe it not, my inspiration for this blog returns to high school at the end of the month! It will be his Senior Year. And boy is he looking forward to it.
Lan got a preview of what to expect last year as his older brother just graduated.
Unlike his brother, Lan is very interested in enjoying every single perk Senior Year brings. He has already given thought to his Senior Night for Marching Band. He has said in no uncertain terms that he is going to prom. He even gave our relatives the date for his graduation when they were here last month to celebrate with his brother!
Lan intends to be just as celebrated and rightly so. Even I’m amazed at how much he has grown and how far he has come.
I began writing this blog shortly after Lan entered high school. I was worried and nervous about what the future would bring.
I wasted a lot of time worrying. God had it all worked out, even though both Lan and I endured a few growing pains.
Lan worked extremely hard to earn As and Bs.
He is looking into colleges. I’m exploring vocational programs.
I can’t for one moment see what awaits us at the end of his senior year but we still press forward yielding little room for doubt.
He proved he could handle the rigor of marching band.
He’s made friends.
Lan is no longer the little grasshopper I was so fearful for years ago.
He is now an outgoing teenager, no longer shying away from the fun or the noise.
I know many people who read this blog have kids younger than mine and high school seems so far away. But it is coming, and if there is any bit of advice I can give, it is hold on to hope.
No matter what the teachers, counselors, psychologist, or psychiatrist may think, it is only God who has the final say.
Keep your mind open for miracles.
Go with your gut.
These things have served me well.
When I finally stopped trying to orchestrate every single detail, God brought us the perfect teachers, counselors and even classmates that would bless us along our way.
Lan’s senior year will be unlike his brother’s. Lan’s journey has more curves in it. We can’t see what lies around the bend.
But that’s just as well because we have learned that God is most present we don’t see Him. We will walk forward in faith and trust that He is there.
And God is there for you as well, if you allow Him.
God may not have “cured” the autism, but He has surely “cured” me.
I can rest now.
And I look forward to Senior Year.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV