Re: Autistic teen finds voice
It may be somewhat of a cliche to say that "God just makes us all a bit different," but what we as humans see as a disability and a burden can be just another expression of God's creative glory. Mentally challenged people may not be able to function in a way that would fit our definition of "whole" or "well-adjusted," but for whatever reason, their Creator chose to limit them in one respect--and blessing them in another. I wholeheartedly believe disabled people are gifted in ways that may not be immediately apparent. God creates to bring glory to Himself, and this story is one such example.
Originally posted by Nicholas
I myself am another. While I'm not mentally challenged, I do have the physical disability of Cerebral Palsy. I lack the ability to walk, and have significant difficulties getting around the way an able-bodied person might. However, it's all about adaptation. I still delight in finding ways to do things for myself that seem impossible. That can also get me in a pickle sometimes
Ironically, when I was younger (and more self-conscious) part of me looked down on the mentally challenged. Maybe because my peers automatically assumed that I was too. Kids are cruel. But then I realized the hypocrisy of that. Here I was, in a wheelchair, trying to convince people I was as normal as everyone else, my body just was a bit quirky. Frankly, the story mentioned in this post proves that the mentally challenged have just as much value, they just process the world and/or relate on a different level. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made. And I'm thankful for a Christian mother who made sure I knew that about myself as well as everyone else.
I know that with any disability or struggle, Satan revels in it. He will make life as hard as he possibly can. But what he means for evil God means for good.
"Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!' And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, 'To Him Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!' And the four living creatures said, 'Amen!' and the elders fell down and worshiped. [Revelation 5:11-14, English Standard Version]