I was browsing through the social media site facebook and ran across a post about a family that received a nasty letter that suggested that they euthanize their teenaged son with autism. I will post a link to the story; but, the letter has a lot of offensive language in it. Click here.
I became so angry that every emotion I had surfaced simultaneously. I am heartbroken for this family and for this young man. It is obvious that the author; who did not have the courage to sign his name, had an I.Q. much lower than the boy they were writing about. I cannot imagine being this young man’s parents. The community have come out with an outpouring of support for this teen boy.
As Christians we are the subject of this everyday and most don’t even know it. Maybe they don’t care either. The Bible tells us in Revelation 12:10, And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” I am sure that God the Father will not tolerate the profanity that the letter contains; but, we stand accused by the enemy of our soul. In my mind I see Jesus stand up and proclaim, “He’s mine!” or “She’s mine!”
No matter, if the accusations are not true then we need to go on for God. If they are true then we need to confess and forsake the sin so that our enemy has nothing to use against us.
We need to be careful not to be as the devil and be “an accuser of our brethren”.
I watched a You Tube video with a friend the other night of a ten year old blind boy singing the song “Open The Eyes Of My Heart Lord”. It was powerful to say the least. You can watch the video by clicking here.
Many thoughts entered my mind. I thought how I wished that God would loose the tongue of our son so that he could sing God’s praises like this young boy. Tear scalding my cheeks I begged God for this. It is such a powerful video. Yet, the truth that I also saw was just as powerful. That truth is?
Most of us are blind. We don’t see God or if we do see Him we don’t want to see Him. This is so sad. When we read the Word of God we need to ask God to open our eyes to see what He is saying to us as we read. As we go about our day we need to ask God to help us see the opportunities we have to share salvation with the people around us. We need to ask God to open our eyes to see opportunities that we can be an extension of His out stretched hand. “Open The Eyes Of My Heart Lord”!
Look at Psalm 119:18, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. ” We need to see things as God sees them.
The other night my wife was baking brownies and cookies for me to take to the mission when I preach. We love this opportunity for service. She always makes brownies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies and a third kind of cookies. The men in the shelter love the homemade goodies. They are such a blessing.
The reason that this comes to mind is because when she made the peanut butter cookies she called our son into the kitchen. He went running in there with no outbursts or anger. She gave him a fork and he mashed down the cookies with the fork as you are supposed to do. Then she turned the cookies forty-five degrees and he began to mash them all again with no frustration at all. However, instead of being a basket weave pattern it became more of an arrowhead pattern. This is outstanding! It is a huge accomplishment for him. We praise God for these little victories as they make the tough days just a tiny bit easier to struggle through.
As I thought about our son and his accomplishments, I began to realize that as he marked the peanut butter cookies; so, he is marked. I do not mean this to sound mean or demeaning; but, God has marked him. He is one of God’s special creations. God knew before the foundation of the world that our son would be one of those who live the life of autism. Unfortunately, people do not always see this about people like our son. It is sad. They are seen as weird or crazy and even worse they are seen as some kind of monsters. I pity the fool that thinks this way!
Look at Galatians 6:17, “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” So, friend, what are your marks?
I received an e-mail a couple days ago from my dear friend Pastor Jim Kilgore. He pointed me to blog site of a mother of a child who is trapped in the lifestyle of autism. You can see it here. Please understand that I do not know this mother and so I cannot say that I endorse her; but, the reality is what she says strikes a note with us.
The premise of her blog is this: Post tenebras lux is a Latin phrase translated as Light After Darkness. This Latin phrase is taken from Job 17:12, “They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.” This is what she is writing about. Unfortunately, we know all too well what she is writing about.
How do you get through the dark days? Just like the title implies, you remember the “Light” that scatters darkness. When your child has a “bad day” you have to remember the good days. You must remember that it is the autism causing the child’s behavior. It is; in some cases, not the child just being defiant or deviant. It is the lifestyle that the child is locked inside of causing their behavior.
I am not saying live in the past. This is unrealistic. What I am saying is draw strength from the past victories. Remember where Jesus has walked through life with you and carried you and there is only one set of footprints visible. Look up words in God’s Word like “remember” or “consider” and the like. Encourage yourself in the Lord Jesus Christ. He wants you to lean on Him. Run to the LORD!