Hope in Special Needs

April is Autism Awareness Month.  May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.  June, July, August, more months of awareness for more important issues.  We can raise awareness for many things like Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and much more.  Raising awareness for these and other disabilities, diseases and issues that impact our life is a good thing.  Believe me, I have worn a few t-shirts and ribbons to start conversations also;  however, raising awareness should not be the priority, and it no longer is for me.

I can tell you, first hand, the effects that lyme disease has on a person’s life, and I can tell you the impact of autism spectrum disorder on a family, but at the end of the conversation I haven’t done anything to change you.  I may give you information or resources that can be helpful to you, but ultimately I haven’t transformed you.

I would rather tell you about the One who doesn’t need a t-shirt, a ribbon, or any help with awareness.  He is very much aware of the impact these things have on our lives.  He knows our hurts, our trials, our needs, and our desires, but the difference is that He can, and will, impact you for your good.

Scripture tells us that God uses our weaknesses for His glory.  John 9:1-3

Scripture tells us that His grace is sufficient for us no matter our situation. Romans 12:9

Scripture tell us that God works all things together for our good according to His purposes.  Romans 8:28

We can read all of the books available on certain diseases or ailments.  We can search the internet for answers, support groups, or common bonds with someone else.  We can wear our ribbons and t-shirts and raise awareness for disabilities and diseases, but at the end of the day we are more informed, but totally unchanged.  Only He can show us that He is better, that He is for our good, that He is sovereign over all of it.  We should run to Him for comfort, strength, hope, and transformation.  Our situation may not change, but our heart will, and that is what is most important.

I want to focus on raising awareness that God is my strength and my shield, my very present help in times of trouble.  He is better.  On good days, and the not so good days.  I love Him, and my hope is that you will love Him, too.

Author: Tracy Obanon

Tracy O’Banon is the Director of STARSS Special Needs Ministry. She has been on staff with us since March 2000. Tracy and her husband Rick have three children, Broden, Bailee, and Brendall. Tracy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and sports.

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  1. Beautifully said, Tracy. Bless you in your caring ministry.

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