Triumphing in the Long Trial


Patrick and I

Stephanie Seneff, a lead researcher at MIT, recently predicted that HALF the children in the United States will be autistic by the year 2025. When I heard that shocking prediction, I thought of the many families that are and will be affected by that challenging disability.

My family has been living with my son’s autism for 21years. During that time, the Lord has taught us that the way to triumph in our trials, especially the long ones, is to focus on three things:

The Presence of God

Whatever we face, the Lord is always with us. He promises to never leave or forsake us, and He tells us He is always there to help us (Hebrews 13:5). In fact, our difficulties and trials grant us the opportunity to experience greater aspects of Him—His character, nature, and ways. We can go deeper with Him than ever before. Whatever He allows in our lives, He intends to use for good—for our good, the good of others, and the good of His kingdom purposes (Romans 8:28).

Over the years, as we dealt with Patrick’s autism, I sought the Lord. I cried out to Him for help. I asked Him to lead me, teach me, mature me, and draw me closer to Him. I learned intimate and power truths about Him that were forged in the furnace of adversity. I had to choose to trust Him during every drought and storm, but through the process, my roots went down deep into the soil of His love.

In the midst of the long trial, the Lord says, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3, NASB). He promises, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him” (John 14:23, NASB).

The Provision of God

When the Lord allows a long trial in our lives, He provides what we need to gain the victory in it and the blessings from it. He promises to meet all our needs (Psalm 23:1; Philippians 4:19). His goodness and lovingkindness (covenant love) remain with us all the days of our lives (Psalm 23:6).

Looking back, I can see the Lord’s loving hand at work, directing help, support, and resources into our lives. Therapists, teachers, caregivers, friends, and family members helped me and my family to persevere in dealing with the constant challenges of autism. I am grateful He opened my eyes to see His involvement in my life. Most of all, the Lord provided Himself and the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and comfort me and my family along the way. In the end, we were more than conquerors through Christ who loved us (Romans 8:37).

The Power of God

God is mighty and powerful, and He can do whatever He desires in heaven and on earth (Daniel 4: 35). In fact, He “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” [His power] (Ephesians 3:20, NASB).

My son Patrick was diagnosed as autistic and mentally retarded. Doctors said he might not ever speak. He could not tie his shoes until he was 13 years old.  But the Lord had the final say. Patrick received academic and athletic scholarships to college. He is a junior in college with a 3.89 grade point average. Even more, the Lord enabled him to speak . . . and sing. He and I have been given the blessing of telling others what the Lord has done.

The Lord shows up and works in our long trials—if we let Him, “so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:7, NASB).

The Lord is doing something in your long trial. Will you allow Him to show you His presence, provision, and power in it?

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