Each one of us is traveling through this life with a certain mountaintop in mind. We have dreams which can come true and other dreams that most probably never will. The important thing to remember about this journey is that the most significant parts are invisible.
In a world where achievement and success win everything, invisible seems ridiculous. It is simply unproductive to focus on the invisible. Our emotions are invisible, so is our spirit, prayers and thoughts and yet these are the most important drivers in making the invisible…visible.
One morning, a few years ago, as I was leaving Emma’s school after a teacher chat (we all know those…😉). I had a heart-to-heart with moment with God. I honestly asked: “Is she never going to grow up like the others, is she always going to stay a child?” And he answered me with this verse: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:2-4
How bittersweet is that?
I had to realise that this world’s ideals and God’s ideals are VERY different.
I also just have to tell you that Emma’s prayers are quickly and significantly answered, even the ones the parents thought not to be such a good idea. She has absolute faith like a child.
Most of our special needs children have delays in some or the other way, which forces us back to simplicity and childhood. We have to communicate with them where they are and set aside all the wonderful expectations we had for success in their lives. In the process of us trying to help them grow, we have the opportunity to grab hold of the invisible “the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”.
Your journey through Special Needs Parenting have incredible significance my friend, you are being taught secrets in dark places. BUT you always have a choice to revel in the pain or to dance in the victories and beauty of the unseen.
My prayer for you today is that your eyes will be opened to everything God sees in your child, and that this picture will stay put in your mind.
Victory and freedom aren’t just achieved in rising above the obstacles in your life, but often as you grasp the significance of our pain and suffering.
Your life is a marathon, not a sprint. Stop to enjoy the scenery.
Written by Johanni Meiring
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