April is Autism Awareness Month. This month, many people and organizations will work hard to raise awareness, funds for research, and even re-think options for treatment. Though those things are good, beneficial and necessary, they are not where our focus should primarily be.
We know that autism is on the rise because statistics prove it, and many of us want to know why. Many of us want to know what precautions to take, but many of us want to know where God is in the midst of this.
John 9 tell us that as Jesus notices a man who was born blind, and His disciples search for the placement of the blame, Jesus assures them there is a greater purpose for this man than being an example of what happens to you if you sin. “…but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” John 9:3
God is in control of every area and part of our lives and though we may wrestle with understanding His sovereignty, we can trust that His will is perfect. (Romans 12:2).
Romans 8:8 tell us that “…in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” If God’s works are for the good then the works of God are for our good and His glory.
God’s good works are displayed not just in the lives of those who have visible disabilities or obvious needs, but in all of us who are broken. We are broken because of sin, maybe our own sin or someone else’s sin that impacted our lives. We are broken because the world we live in is fallen. But we should rest in the fact that Jesus came to those who were broken, and He still does today.
He wants us, He loves us, and He will rescue us. Our physical bodies may not be restored completely here on Earth, but our souls can be by trusting in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
This month, I would ask you to join me in praying for those affected by autism, but let’s not stop there. Please pray for those who feel that their brokenness keeps them from a personal relationship with Christ. Pray for those whose brokenness keeps them away from the church and fellowship with other believers. Pray that as the body of Christ we will be open and share our own personal brokenness, which in turn, would lead others to see and know the greatness of God’s work in our lives.
Pray that we as a church body will be open to loving and serving any and all who need it. Jesus did. Jesus does. We should.