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?