Today while I was talking with Alex's *new* Physical Therapist she got me to thinking about special needs. She got the feeling that I was very familiar with them. Immediately, I thought of only three things-- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Amniotic Banding Syndrome which are merely the names of diagnoses. But as I was driving home, I began to think of all the other things that would technically be considered special needs according to society and I began to see how God was showing me how insignificant they really are compared to the life that He has planned for each of my children.
See, if I wanted to be technical I can say that I am pretty familiar with
Amniotic Banding Syndrome
Growth Hormone Deficiency
and yet most of these do not impact us on a daily basis. Many of them are as big of a deal as a child scraping their knee and me needing to put a band-aid on it with antibiotic ointment. Everyone knows that it is the hugs and kisses afterwards that make the owie better. As I think more about this, I am reminded of the wonderful story in John 9.
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
3"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
6Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 7"Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
I am so encouraged by this story because of its message of hope, redemption, and that all people are worthy. Not only does it show God's miracles, but it shows how worthy God thinks we all are. It shows how God can take a huge disability such as blindness and make it a trivial thing that is healed instantaneously. It also shows that while God could have healed this man in the blink of an eye, He chose to illustrate how He heals through the use of medical intervention too.
Which is why many of the special needs I previously listed are no longer big deals around here. Most of them have been medically healed and the ones that have not, pale in compare to God's glory that is continually displayed through my children. I am incredibly blessed to be my kids' Mom-- each and every one of them.
Take time today to let your child know how uniquely and wonderfully made they are. Despite whatever extra special attention they may need they are so worth it!
P.S. If you have any questions about any of the special needs listed, please feel free to ask.