"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."- Jeremiah 29:11
Okay, okay, I know I've done this verse for Scripture and a Snapshot before. In fact it was the verse I used the first time I participated, but it is a favorite and one that deserves repeating. I also discovered a song this morning that I felt fit perfectly with this verse that I wanted to share with everyone.
I have stated many times on here and to those who know me personally that I am a firm believer that all things happen for a reason. God does not make mistakes and every trial and hardship we face is part of God's plan for us. We might not understand why these things are happening, or how this fits into His plan, but it does regardless. When you have a child diagnosed with Autism, I imagine it's natural for a parent to wonder if there was something you did or didn't do that could have prevented this from happening. It's human nature, and I've dealt with it myself. From my personal experience, I wondered about the vaccines. If we'd not had him vaccinated would he have been diagnosed? (We had a long debate before making that choice with our doctor, who ironically assured me that my child was too social to ever be Autistic...but that's a completely separate topic!) After some time I realized that there were signs there before the vaccines anyway, and I do not believe in my son's case that this was the trigger, but initially I did have these thoughts. After letting the diagnosis sink in, I also realized it didn't really matter at this point what the cause was, because all of this was truly God's plan for my life and for Shaun's life. He has so much to offer this world and has such a brilliant mind. God did not make a mistake in creating this amazing child. He is perfect, just the way he is- they way God intended him to be.
As I mentioned, I discovered a song this morning that reflected my own thoughts perfectly, 'Mama Don't Cry For Me':
Cause she’s always known that God don’t make mistakes
And with a little faith she knew she’d be okay
She looks in his eyes and her heart hears him say,
“Can’t you see? I was meant to be.”
Mama don’t cry for me.”
It is a beautiful song, and one that I am sure many Autism moms (or other special needs mothers) can relate to as well. It deserves to be heard and shared. You do have to download to listen, but it's a free download and so worth the time.