Evidence of Intervention

Evidence of Intervention

On Friday I was able to meet a friend at the local coffee shop.  To even write that sentence sounds to me like a dream. It is a rare opportunity when you have children with special needs.

While sharing stories, my friend had a common refrain.  It was, "That was God. God was there."

Her son had some special needs that the school wasn't able to address appropriately at first. There was a lot of tension and hard meetings with the school.  But God placed people in her life (including a friend who was a special needs teacher!) that gave really good advice. Things like: document this, or have this evaluated again.   And that advice saved the day later on.

Hearing stories of the trails that God left behind is a great encouragement to us when we are in the midst of a mess. Proof of God's guidance and presence is often more clear, when looking back.

Right now, we can see God's intervention in the present as Stevie is in the specialty school for autism. (Read about that here)

But in other ways, we wonder how God is working in our situation.

Like Friday night when we discovered Stevie had stuffed the gas chamber of our only working car, full of crackers and gravel.

Or like this morning when he took his medicine and threw it on the floor instead of drinking it.

Thoughts bombard my mind, like:

"What are we going to do if the car doesn't work?"

"How will we be able to afford repairs?"

"How can we get him to understand the damage he has caused so he will stop doing these things?"

"If he won't cooperate with his medication, then what?!"

But we know that the rest of the story is not yet written.  Or maybe the rest of the story is just not yet made visible.

Either way, we have faith that one day we will tell these stories and add to them, "But God..." (Hebrews 11)

Even though we don't see God in these (sometimes minor) day-to-day problems, we know He is here.

We know that one day we will be able to look back and see the bread crumbs left behind that guided us along the right path.

We will see the evidence of His intervention, even if we have to wait until we can ask him face to face.  Until then, we know He is here, seen or not.

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."(Hebrews 11:1)

May we end up strong in faith until the last day. May the story yet to be written include, "By faith Merri,....." and "By faith _____ (insert your name)..."

May our stories encourage each other to believe God, even when we can't see Him.

Coffee Time:

What is your story?  How has God revealed his work in your life?


Compilation Sunday: 6 Enjoyable Posts

Posts To Enjoy

Happy Sunday!

Oftentimes I come across some really awesome writings, articles and posts that other people have crafted.  I want to share those treasures with you today.

These posts are entertaining, educational, and/or uplifting in their message.

I hope you have a free moment to check them out and find them to be encouraging reads for the weekend!

1. Ellen Stumbo wrote an inspiring post on her blog: Hope and Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent, entitled, "Confessions of a Special Needs Parent: I wish you could see what I see".

2. Not Alone Special Needs Parenting featured an adorable post by Emily Colson, about her son with autism.  A Man And His Vacuum  got the warm fuzzies going for me. Her her son reminds me so much of Stevie and his fondness for elevators (instead of vacuums).

3. Contemplative Chaos wrote a post that was very entertaining since it reminded me of a child or two of mine, entitled "The Socially Awkward Extrovert"

4. Windy Hill Homeschool wrote a post that some of my special needs homeschooling moms may enjoy called, "The Diagnoses Are In".

5. Amethyst, from "Ask An Autistic" created a YouTube video to help others understand why people script. You can find that video here: What Is Scripting?

6. Kathi Lipp interviewed Laurie Wallin in her "You've Got This" podcast which was, well... awesome. It is called "Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful", which is also the title of the book Laurie Wallin wrote. This book is on my "must read" list!

Enjoy these posts with a cup of coffee!