But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?  Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” Exodus 4:10-12

This is one of my favorite scenes in Scripture. God gave Moses a calling beyond what Moses believed he could handle. (Sound familiar to the moment when you heard your child’s diagnosis?) Moses’ biggest objection to the calling was that he couldn’t do what God was asking him to do. He had a speech impediment and God was asking him to talk to Pharaoh and convince him to release God’s people from their enslavement. Moses told His Creator that He messed up when He created Moses and the flaw was too big to overcome.

But God took responsibility this flaw in Moses. He essentially said, “I make mouths and ears and eyes.” And sometimes they are flawed. And yet He said, “I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

There are things we can’t do as a family because of James’s autism. There are lots of things James can’t do because of his autism. But we aren’t called to do those things. Anything God has called us to do He has given us the skills and abilities to accomplish. Even if they feel hard.

Isn’t that freeing? You can’t do everything, but you can do what you’re called to do. God makes sure of that. It’s true for you and for your kids on the spectrum.

Join me in praying today,

God we know our abilities and limitations are from You. Empower our children to complete what You have called them to do.

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