Embracing Autism

Selling everything to embrace Gods' will...I hadn't thought about it this way before reading and pondering an email devotional from Joni and Friends.  The devotional was based on  Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."   But this rang so true:  to embrace autism is to sell everything--everything we'd thought life with children would be like so we could take those "funds" and purchase the ones God gave us.  It is to find a treasure in the unlikely form of tragedy.  Once God revealed the awe-inspiring treasure of our children (with and without autism) it was not as difficult to give up "how things should be" to embrace the way things are.  The treasure was in a field of disabilities and mountains that seemed too large to climb with our out-of-shape legs that had little practice at parenting. But through prayers and time with God, studying His Word and relying on His promises, we are climbing the mountains we thought we wanted God to remove.   It certainly seems like life would be so much easier if God would have removed the mountains of autism, but if he had, I wouldn't have needed to cling to him or listen so closely to his voice of guidance and comfort...I wouldn't have known Him as deeply as I do today.  So, as Joni said in her devotional, I wouldn't trade it for the world.  God's will is perfect and loving and He desires the best for His children...and he is never done giving...never done revealing even more treasures and gifts to us.  Jeremiah 29:11-14 "1 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. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity."