Many parents start their journey with a child facing a developmental disability feeling powerless to create the changes they want. The diagnosis can felt like being thrown a 5 ton basketball and being expected to score for the team. Yet, the more I learned, the more I recognized that my son only looked like a challenge. He is really a gift. The gift was wrapped in many layers of wrapping paper. Even the paper is part of the gift. One sheet is the gift of patience, another is hope. Another sheet is love and yet another resilience. One sheet is faith, another tenacity. The more I peeled, the more gifts emerged. There is perseverance and one of my favorites, the power to choose my perspective.
This is the gift that keeps on giving, it sparks transformation as each layer is exposed. This gift takes you on a journey, into and through the land that God has had for you. He's making you ready with this gift, strengthening your feet for the journey into the promised land. Oh! The Places You will Go!
Lord, Thank you for this special journey that you have set for me. Some days don't feel quite spectacular, but help me to remember that you are God and cannot be fully fathomed. Everything about you is remarkable and miraculous to me. Help me to allow you to lead, to walk with you, to possess the land you have given me, to embrace the journey, to trust you to deal with the enemies and to rest in your good promises. You're a good, good Father. Amen.