Many of you know it well…the child that asks a million questions a day. And for every statement you make, they ask, “Why?”
A few weeks ago, while working on a home, we spent much of our time listening to Sid the Science Kid. Our homeowners middle son, who is a teen, is also autistic. He spent much of his time watching his favorite shows, including Sid the Science Kid.
I must have heard the opening credits of this song 50 times a day (I am not joking). I imagine that if Jacob, our friend watching the show, could have verbalized his questions, he would have!
The song starts out with the question, “What do you want to learn today?” He loved to hear all the questions asked and all the possibilities explored!
So, I warn you now, if you play this video, you might get the song stuck in your head, but I thought you needed to better understand my experience!
The family I was privileged to serve last week could have been a family that asked a lot of questions. They have endured much in the past year and really since their middle child was born.
Why was he born autistic?
Why does he become violent?
Why does he become so angry that he damages our home?
Why did a tragic work accident take our husband/father away from us?
But, instead, as we arrived each day to work, we were greeted with the biggest smile of a woman who has endured so much. Her demeanor and attitude is one of strength and encouragement.
How would you respond in a life-changing situation? None of us can really answer that question unless we have been through it. For those of us who came into their home to work, we only really got a small glimpse into what everyday life is like. I am thankful for that because it reminded me that joy comes from the Lord and is possible, even when life brings many challenges.
8 “They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear[a] and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.
9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”
12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.” – Nehemiah 8:8-12