Monday, January 4, 2016

When Special Needs Expose Our Weaknesses

"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all" ~2 Corinthians 4:17

This video clip struck me because it portrays a thought process that I think many parents with special needs children go through on a regular basis. If you were to record my conversations throughout a given year, I think you would find this clip relived over and over again.

Though the difference is that our silent struggles and victories are not broadcast for the world to see. Seeing this dad's tears because his son overcame a fear relates closely to home. My daughter has some debilitating fears that most neurotypical people cannot understand. Yet, when she overcomes them I do and will celebrate with tears as well!

The difference with the community of faith and the world is that we know that God understands. He is the Creator of all things and the ways He has knit our children together is developing in us and them a  weight of glory that will be greater than these temporary trials.

In light of Heaven and all of eternity the fact that we cannot go to a movie theater because of fear will not matter. The fact that my child will not eat certain textures will not matter. These things are just temporary trials that in light of all of eternity really are not worth spending our time worrying about.

The overwhelming fear currently is that we cannot go to a movie at the movie theater. That is not the end of the world. There are worse things and I remember that last year it was surviving the sensory issues that came with a thunderstorm. Years past it was surviving an environment where no one seemed to smile. It will always be something but as Mary did with Jesus' extraordinary events, she treasured them in her heart. There was a holding onto these things she did not yet understand. That is how we must be. We treasure these victories and trials up in our hearts and cry out to the One and Only who can save us in the midst of them. We look to Him and trust His amazing grace at work in our situations and victories come and we rejoice and we realize we have grown in trust and in wisdom from them so when the next comes, because it will be right there waiting to jump on us, we will be more ready because we have seen the glory of God and what He has done.

So parents don't lose heart. God sees. God understands. This community of believers understands. Let's celebrate those seemingly small to the world  but HUGE to us victories together and praise our Lord for them with joy and tears.

Father, thank you for this path you have put each of us on. Please forgive us of our unbelief in not believing these temporary trials are preparing a weight of glory. Help us to believe and wait for it with faith. In Jesus name. Amen.


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