When you say something to someone you never know what impact this may have on that person. Sometimes, God has you say something that seems insignificant to you but has a profound effect on the other person. Since we don’t know God’s plan , we can’t see all the ripples. But there are always ripples to your words and actions.
A few months ago ,my mother in law sent me an email from a co worker’s son. He needed someone to speak about autism at his school. He had asked her to speak since she had a grandson with autism. She thought that I would be a better speaker since I was more informed about it and all the therapies that it entailed. Here is where her words changed our relationship forever. She remarked on how knowledgeable that I was and how much hard work it must have been. She spoke the words that I had longed to hear from her. That it was a TON of work and that Logan would not be where he is today without a mom that was willing to do the work. She didn’t know that I had longed to hear those words from her. She probably didn’t even know that I was having a particularly bad autism day and was questioning whether I was doing the right thing for Logan, Or that day, the enemy had me convinced that God must have made a mistake in choosing me to be Logan’s mom.
Now it is not a coincidence that God choose me to be Logan’s mom. He does not make mistakes. Sometimes His plan is hard to see in the day to day battles. When autism is eating you alive and the light at the end of the tunnel has most certainly dimmed considerably, He has a plan. You have to trust that even though you can’t see the plan, He still has one. And it hasn’t changed.
What he does is send you an encouraging word through someone else. He places the thoughts or guides their fingers to type an email that seems inconsequential to them. He certainly did that for me. I cried when I read that email. Her words lifted me out of my pit and set me back on my feet. Next time you get this overwhelming feeling to write a note to someone DO IT! God wants to use you in His plan. You may change a life and not even know it.
Thanks Barbara for that awesome note! Your words meant the world to me. I am overwhelmed by the prospect that God choose me to be Logan’s mom. You helped me to pick myself up and continue the hard work that autism entails. You helped me to regain my focus. Make no mistake about it . God used you to accomplish His plan that day. I am honored to call you my mother in law and friend.