Monday, August 24, 2015
The Ability to Worship
When you have a child with a disability, it is so important, as his mother, that you reflect on his abilities instead of letting his disabilities cloud your view of the child God perfectly formed in your womb.
If you forget to notice the abilities, there aren't many people in the community who will help you to see them. We live in an insensitive world where most people are quick to ask rude and uncaring questions or make inappropriate and ignorant statements.
When things are really tough, it gets harder to see the abilities because you feel as if you are drowning in your child's disabilities when they are screaming in your face.
Because of his Autism, Josh may not understand another person's perspective, he might get sensory overload from a few minutes in the community, and his motor skills may be a bit awkward, but he has a candid honesty about him and the ability to put himself out there not caring what other people will think. He also has perfect pitch and loves music. He loves God and has a personal relationship with him, and although at times when his Autism or Bi-polar overwhelms him making him doubt God's goodness, he always sees the truth that God really does care and gives him the grace to keep on keeping on.
These abilities give Josh one of the most important abilities - the ability to WORSHIP! After all, God created us to worship! The depth of some of Josh's prayers to God, his frank honesty about his struggles and doubts, and his pleas for God's help often catch me off guard and surprise me and challenge me in my own prayer life.
I also love the way that Josh loves to sing praises to God. He takes making a joyful noise unto the Lord to heart and sings with all of his might - sometimes to our embarrassment (shame on us!) over the flat or sharp notes he sings as he tries to get his voice to sing the harmony note he hears in his head. He sings with passion, fervor, and gusto to the glory of God. I think we all could learn a thing or two from his example.
This Sunday, Josh had the opportunity to sing for special music at church. It was a chance for him to let his ability shine and use it for God's glory. The song he sang is taken from Proverbs 3:5-6, a passage we often turn to during the struggles with his disabilities. It's a passage that everyone needs to remember, because if we don't trust God, life will be pretty miserable!
I am thankful for the way that God can use a child with many disabilities to speak His truths to the hearts of His people and use Josh's abilities for His honor and glory! In my opinion, there is no greater ability than the ability to worship!