My pastor mentioned the story of Gideon in church this weekend and it got me thinking. The Israelites were being severely oppressed by an army of over 100,000 men. God chose Gideon, a fairly cowardly man, to raise an army for the express purpose of defeating the enemy. After raising 22,000 troops to the cause, God said there were too many. He knew if they won a battle with so many men, they would take the credit. The Lord pared down the army to only 300, and used them to conquer the invaders in such a miraculous way that all the credit went to Him.
But what’s interesting, and sad, is that Judges 8:28 tells us that as soon as their enemy was defeated, Israel stopped looking to God because their problems were solved.
This is what makes living with special needs kids such a blessing. Sure, God could heal them, and wow, that would be an incredible miracle! But suddenly, our problem would be solved, and we wouldn’t need God in the same way anymore. Having this kind of challenge day in and day out, year after year forces us to throw ourselves at God for His mercy, strength, and grace in a way that, frankly, we just wouldn’t if we didn’t have a special needs child. I believe God puts these people in our lives to shape us, strengthen our relationships with Him, and show us miracle after miracle in such a way that no one who looks at our lives could deny God’s presence.
That’s the kind of person and parent I want to be. I know God has given me my particular children just as much for my benefit as for theirs. He’s pretty efficient that way and nothing is ever wasted. I know that my relationship with God is so much stronger now that it was before all the extra challenges came around, and for that I am incredibly grateful. It is my prayer that God uses us and our special circumstances to bring a lot of honor and glory to Himself.
Is their a burden in your life that you’ve been wanting to get rid of? Could it possibly be a blessing in disguise?