Today I’m thrilled to feature a blog post by fellow Speaker Chick, Mimi Moseley!
In my two decades as an English teacher, I’ve worked with numerous students who struggle to communicate effectively due to Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, hearing impairment, and other issues. How vital it is for each of us to find our “voice”… and to advocate for those whose voices have been quieted or silenced.
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I wrote this a year ago, when Marty was first diagnosed with Autism. Today he battles every day, but does so with great joy.
The message at church yesterday was on the paralyzed man who’s friends lowered him through a roof to get him before Jesus. (Luke 5:17-26) As I listened I became aware the paralyzed man never spoke. We don’t see him ask his buddies to take him; they just seem to gather and do it because they believed Jesus was willing to heal. The Lord impressed upon me the importance of fellow believers bringing our requests before Jesus, and He especially impressed upon me those without a voice.
Our three year old grandson is without a voice. A few months ago he was diagnosed with a mild form of Autism and his biggest handicap has been his speech. He cannot verbalize his needs, and we struggle to understand how, why, he must carry this burden. But, yesterday, God was showing me that He has purpose for this trial and those who stand with us will see the hand of God move.
Perhaps God wants our prayers to go deeper than “fix him, Lord”. (Click to Tweet this.) Perhaps there is some area of healing God is doing in some other aspect. In John 11:15, Jesus speaks a fact, “Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that YOU may believe.” Jesus used an impossible situation to bring His followers into a closer understanding of His purposes.
I think those friends of the paralyzed man had faith, but no idea Jesus would forgive the man’s sins first. That’s when the conflict arose of what Jesus had claimed to do. The Pharisees were questioning the healing of the most important of all healings: forgiveness of sins. Jesus asked the scribes and Pharisees to reason and evaluate Who He was as He healed the soul. It was then He chose to heal the body.
Is God asking me, and those who join me, to figuratively take this baby before Jesus and believe on a deeper level? Why has He placed this on my heart? Maybe God wants to do a deeper healing in our family. Maybe a more intense understanding in our life groups. Maybe He is using this little boy to get members of our church to believe Jesus is Who He says He is.
Will you join me in taking this baby before Jesus? Will you ask the Lord to show me, us, His will in a deeper way? I want to be changed according to God’s will. I am even boldly asking the Lord to give this child a voice through the healing grace of Jesus.
I am aware this heart for my grandson is personal, but I am also aware I have been called to be obedient to His prompting. Please let me know if you agree to pray for him. The Lord may not be calling you all to do this burden so just let me know if it has struck you to pray. Who knows, you may be joining this effort so that you may believe.
About This Author
Mimi Moseley hails originally for the South where she says she learned humor can open hearts to healing, that otherwise have been shut tight.
Mimi has been married for 34 years to her “boyfriend” Marty. They have two amazing sons, two FABULOUS daughters-in-law and three of the cutest grand-babies on earth.
Mimi is the author of the in-law relationship book Arm Around Shoulder/Hand Over Mouth and she does workshops and seminars around the country on the topic. However, her favorite venue is women’s retreats speaking on love where she feels she gets to know the women better and time for more one-on-one communication. Mimi’s favorite saying is “It’s never too late to be who you were meant to be.”