I was listening to the radio on my way to class tonight. The radio host has Asperger Syndrome. He spoke about how all of the difficulties he experienced throughout his life, due to his social awkwardness, have lead him to his job (not having to worry about facial expressions and body language) and also to doing some of the other things he does: being a spokesperson for Cure International, writing a book, and sharing his perspective on the world. His message was, God does not create mistakes. While He wants us to rely on Him, he will also allow our difficulties to shape us to be able to work with others (and allow Him to be glorified).
I always think of my son whenever someone mentions anything about autism or Aspergers. What I realized is that his difficulties have shaped him. He is a very sensitive and compassionate young man. In fact, I am also astonished when I see him ask someone if they are okay or how he speaks with a little child. Although he may not be comfortable or understand how they are feeling, he asks the right questions, softens his voice for the situation, and listens. More importantly, he finds bullying of any kind (even perceived) to be unacceptable. He is not happy when kids who support one sports team gives the fans of another team a “hard time.” Most recently, he was assigned to research and report on a “social cause.” He chose to research Cure International, partially because the radio host speaks about it. More so, he chose it because he learned that Cure offers surgeries to children overseas who have been born with cleft palate or club foot, scenarios that are easily address in American hospitals. It moved him that he could raise money to help children who would be ostracized because of their difference.
Today, I was very grateful for who he is and how he was “wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).