When I asked Stevie if he is excited to go to his new school, he squeaked a, “YAAAAHHHH!” with a giddy giggle to go along with it. I have never seen him that excited. And I have never seen him excited to go to school. Ever.
I believe God prepares our kids for things that are coming. Sometimes, they just have no way to know of a change but they do know…
A few years ago, we found ourselves in need of another church. We did a lot of calling and emailing the church we were thinking of attending because when you have 2 with special needs, you can’t really go church-surfing to find the right one. So we did as much as we could ahead of time. And when we decided on the one, that is where we went.
On our first visit, we accidentally drove past the church, which was in a warehouse set back a bit from the road. As soon as we passed it, Stevie started to cry. We turned around and drove down the side street beside the church where we could park. As soon as we made that turn, he started clapping and said, “Yahooooo!”! It was like he KNEW this was where we were going. He was only 2 years old. How could he know?
Not only did that happen, but we dropped the three children off in their Sunday School rooms with zero problems. They all stayed happily until we picked them up. It was the first time that we got to sit through a full service without a child! The kids asked to go back, and we have been at that church ever since (it’s been about 8 years!)
And now, we are sending him to a new school. And he is excited.
And I have to wonder, Does he know?
Has God, in all his mercy and wisdom, been preparing him as he sleeps at night?
Has he had dreams about it?
Has God somehow told him what is happening and that it is good?
This week we had a tour of the new school to show Stevie what it looks like. He walked into the building and up to the receptionist like he knew just what to do. Stevie reached his hand into the reception window like he was going to grab something.
He took her hand, shook it, and in a deep voice said, “Hello, nice to meet you!”.
What a great start. And today, the first day of school, he smiled big as he left for the bus!
Here are a few pictures of his happy self:
How has God prepared or spoken to your children? I'd love to here from you!