Years ago when Steve was diagnosed with Autism, one of the questions that often pervaded my mind was ” what will he understand about God – can he understand that God loves him?” The reality is sometimes I am not even sure he understands that we as his family love him. Over the years God has given me peace when it comes to those questions – not answers, but peace. We trust in who God is and what He has done. Steve is God’s creation – created, like each of us, to bring honor and glory to God.
How can an individual who has very little social and verbal skills and limited communication bring honor and glory to the Lord? Because God created Steve, He has a plan for his life and ways for Steve to honor and glorify his creator. Because my mind is limited I tend to forget that bringing honor and glory to an infinite creator can come in infinite ways.
For those of you who don’t know, Steve loves the story of Noah’s Ark. This is evident in our house daily. The multitude of stuffed animals that file literally two by two down the hallway. The same stuffed animals that find themselves in a makeshift ark in the backyard. The movies and videos on the subject and the stacks of pictures drawn. These all attest to Steve’s love of this Bible Story.
Recently I received the following text from Steve’s Sunday School teacher: ” I keep forgetting. A couple Sundays ago, F, a weeknight childcare worker and nanny employed by a new family, asked if she could have Steve Noah’s ark picture. I said sure. Well it turned out the new little boy she would be caring for is named Noah. She asked him if he knew where his name came from. He said no. So she unrolls Steve’s picture and shares the Bible story. The little boy loved the drawings and colors on the animals. She wanted you to know how Steve’s picture was used by God.”
Tears poured down my face as I marveled at how God is using Steve’s pictures to introduce others to the story of grace and redemption. Tears came at the beauty of how God uses the most unlikely to tell His story.
I am challenged by this to remember that what we do each day can have an impact for eternity – things we don’t often realize. I am challenged to continue to pray for Steve and to trust the Lord each day for Steve and the life God gave.