What IF? Thoughts on Autism Awareness

Why Autism Awareness Month?  What good does it do to make people aware?

Well, it does help people to be more understanding when your child has a tantrum in public, how to interact and befriend someone with an ASD…and it helps as far as people being aware of  the red flags of autism so they can be identified earlier and have access to early intervention services. (see http://www.autismspeaks.org/whatisit/milestones.php for information on the signs) Awareness can help with increased funding to aid in research and treatment for those with ASD’s too. But what real help is gained by being aware?  What cure, what healing ever happened from just being aware of a problem?  When has awareness made a cause known and make it possible to prevent?

I am all for educating people about autism and becoming aware of what it is like, don’t get me wrong!  But I just find it interesting that so much “hope” is placed in knowing about something, or in being aware of things.  It’s like saying, “I’m thinking about you” as if that will help you in some way.  It’s nice and all, and it feels good to know someone is thinking about you, but what real help or answer lies in being thought about?

What I am getting at is that if we are just making people aware, we probably won’t get very far.  We only can get as far as humans can take us.  Some things, though, are beyond our human understanding.  At this time, autism is one of those things.  Many gains are being made, but there are still a huge number of “we don’t know’s”.  And who knows if we will ever know the answer to some of these questions this side of heaven?

But there is One who does know.  He knows everything and He is the only one able to do anything about it.  And, He cares.  He wants to hear from us, to hear our concerns and to help.  He wants to do anything he can in order to bring us into a relationship with Him.

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”

With all the talk about the possible things that can cause autism, including genetic factors and environmental factors, I have found this verse to be as if  highlighted whenever I see it.  Humble ourselves, pray, seek God, turn from sin.  God will hear us, forgive us, and heal our land.  He will see and hear and attend.

We have all heard about the toxins in our environment.  About mercury, vaccines, pollution, pesticides and growth hormones effecting our neurological systems.  We don’t know what the cause of autism is, but we suspect these things and God says he will heal our land…IF.

What IF we did take him up on this offer?  What if we did stop trusting in our positive thoughts, our knowledge and our research and just admitted that we don’t know?  What if we sought God with our whole being. What if we humbled ourselves before the God who created us and the world we lived in, instead of pretending to be a god ourselves?  What if we confessed our sin and turned from our wicked ways: harming our environment, doing what makes more money instead of what is right, and all the other ways we are wicked.

I believe God will come through for us as he promised.   So for this month of Autism Awareness, let us be aware so that we can pray.  Let us fall on our faces before our God, confess our various sins, confess that we need Him.  That we need a relationship with Him as our Heavenly Father and seek his face.  Then ask for what we need.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Let us see what our God will do.  What greater things are to come as we seek our God with all our heart.  There is a song on Chris Tomlin’s Hello Love album, called, “God of this City”.  I have placed the song from youtube in this post because it is such a song of hope.  When you listen to it, just think of Autism, or the autism community, as a city.

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