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?


And When There Is Not…

A Time For Everything

There is a time for everything, and when there is not , something must change. This is the season we are in. Interesting things happen when Newtons Law of Motion (Every action has an equal and opposite reaction) crashes into Ecclesiastes chapter 3!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A Time for Everything

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

I have been in a season of "and when there's not" a time for everything.  I have been home-schooling my 7 year old twins (Dash-with autism/ADHD, and Princess Buttercup-typically developing) for the past 2 years, due to issues with our local schools.  Now, we are entering into the time of my  youngest, Sketch(5), who also has autism, graduates from preschool (only 9 days left!)  and also will be entering into homeschooling.

There is just not enough time in a day to homeschool all three children, and get to therapies, etc.  The equal and opposite reaction to "doing to much" has resulted in many things, but especially an unmanaged house which is a constant frustration (by the way, by "unmanaged", I don't mean just unorganized or not picked up, but more like a tornado has hit!!!)  As positive as homeschooling my kids has been, the negative force of the pendulum has been becoming just as strong.

And so a change is required, it is time for a new season.  As this has become clear, I have been thinking about Ecclesiastes 3.

There is a time for protecting, and a time for letting go

A time to learn, and a time to act

A time to fight, and a time to accept

A time to pour in, and a time to fill up

A time for pressing in to do more, and a time to ask for help

A time to hold on tight, and a time to let go

A time for work, and a time to rest

A time to allow a mess, and a time to clean up

A time to learn at home, and a time to go to school

A time of certainty, and a time of unknowns

I am not sure what will happen in the next season.  I only know what is coming to an end.  The next few weeks will be filled with meetings with the schools to determine what the possibilities are.  In the meantime, it is a a time of faith.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."