Before we head home to visit family for the weekend, I wanted to share a few scriptures that I have found comfort in during our journey with Autism in hopes that those who are perhaps going through the same struggles will find some comfort in them when they need it as well. Being a mother of a child with Autism is not easy at times, but it helps knowing that I am not alone in this and that He is always with me through it all.
"As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him."- John 9:1-3
This is one of my absolute favorites. So many times as parents we seem to blame ourselves. As parents to a child with Autism, we sometimes wonder if there was something we could have done different...had we not done this or that during pregnancy, had we not let him eat such and such or given those vaccines, would it have made any difference? Would my child still have had Autism? This verse, to me, is another great reminder that what's done is done, and this is all part of God's plan.
"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
This goes perfectly with the last statement. Despite his Autism, I know that God has amazing plans for my son. They might not be the plans we dream of when we first become mothers, but if we let go of those plans, and trust in God, we will find that His plans are even better than our own.
"Every time I think of you...I thank God."- 1 Corinthians 1:4, The Message
We have been truly blessed in our journey with Autism to have been given an amazing support system. Teachers, therapists, fellow moms, etc...without all of these wonderful people we would not have seen the amazing progress we have seen so far in Shaun's life. We have also formed some amazing friendships and met the most wonderful people along the way. I am forever thankful for each and every one of them.
"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9
"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Even the best, most patient of mothers have those moments where we feel weak and defeated and feel like we just can't go on. As I said before, it's no easy job raising a child with Autism. These verses, and others like them that remind us that we're only human and it's okay to be weak. It is in those times that I turn to God to help me through those rough points, and eventually we get through them, if only we keep pushing forward.
"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139: 13-14
Another great reminder that all our children were created by God. He made them just as they were intended to be- absolutely amazing, Autism and all.