Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Seeing a Bit of the "Big Picture"

     No WIWW post today...I didn't take pictures of any of my outfits this week.  Don't worry: you aren't missing out on much.  I've been working in the severe autism class since last Wednesday, so my clothing choices have been very practical (i.e. they're quite boring).  I'll try harder next week, I (kinda) promise.  :]

     Speaking of autism (like I did on Saturday), I bought a new book today.  See?

The book is Overcoming Autism by Lynn Kern Koegel, PhD, and Claire LaZebnik.  I'm super excited to start reading it.  Can I just interject for a minute that God is amazing?  Because He is.  A year ago I never EVER EVER expected that I would be working with autistic kids.  I'd had one difficult, scary, and frustrating experience with an autistic child, so I the idea of working with autistic kids as a living never occurred to me.

     Here is the amazing God part: I didn't get a job after graduation.  Instead, I have spent my first year out of college subbing.  One day in October I got the call go sub in an autistic classroom; I asked if it was severe, moderate, or mild, and I was told it was a mild class.  When I showed up in the classroom the next morning I realized that it was not a mild class...this was definitely a class full of little boys with severe autism.  Needless to say, I was terrified.

I was terrified of the unknown, and now I know that I have nothing to be afraid of.

     The days I spend subbing in the autistic classes are my favorite days of subbing.  I have found nothing but love for these precious children.  Yes, there are the temper tantrums, running, and pinching, but there are also sweet smiles, little voices calling out "tickle!", and the joy when someone finally says "water."  God really knew what He was doing when I didn't get a "real" teaching job for this school year.  Now I realize what I would have missed out on.  It's days like today that I remember that God has the bigger picture...why do I ever doubt Him? 


     Has God revealed any "big pictures" to you lately?

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  1. you are brave to work with Autistic kids. I applaud you and I say every time I get call "If only I had the patience..." Well, I think I will give it another shot thanks to you!!

  2. I HEART KIDS WITH AUTISM. I am so glad that you have discovered this love as well!!

  3. Some more great books for special education are books by Torey Haden, she is amazing and I LOVE her books. I want to be Torey Haden when I grow up hahah

  4. One of my favorite things in the whole world is looking back and seeing how God was leading my steps all along . . . it never ceases to amaze me! And I'm just so so glad for what you're doing . . . I have a cousin who is severely autistic and I know how grateful my aunt and uncle are for the people who work with her!