Today’s guest blogger is Stefanie. Stefanie is my wonderful, beautiful daughter. She has an incredible walk with God and she is an amazing parent to her two children. I’ll be giving away a free copy of The 30 Day Praise Challenge to one lucky winner who comments on her post.
Energetic, passionate, strong-willed, sensory sensitive. These are the euphemisms I have often used to describe my “less than easy” three-year-old. Charlie fights harder, he screams louder, he argues longer. As I have blubbered my way through parenting a spirited little one with a Sensory Integration Disorder, I have fallen to my knees more than I ever imagined begging the Lord to “heal” my little man, to make him easier, more obedient, less overwhelming.
Several months ago I was driving home from the store with Charlie and Selah (my 15-month-old) in the back seat. I was listening to music and in my own little world when the back seat erupted into fits of giggles. Snapped out of my beautiful and rare moment of quiet, I looked into the rearview mirror and asked Charlie what had him cracking up. He said, “Mommy! The sun is tickling me sooo much!” My eyes filled up as I realized that I had been making a huge mistake. I had been petitioning the Lord to change my little boy where he had been created purposefully to bring glory to Christ.
As parents, it is so tempting to resent our child’s unique qualities that sometimes make him/her challenging, but it is our calling to praise the Father for the way He designed our child. Charlie taught me that his sensory sensitivity, his spirited personality, his uniqueness is a blessing that is praiseworthy. You see, what I had always viewed as adversity, Charlie had learned was a special gift. As a baby, Charlie used to scream and writhe in pain when the sun struck his face in the car. At three, he learned to enjoy the odd way the sun stimulated his senses and laughed in joy at the funny way it made him feel. Charlie is BLESSED to experience the world in a unique way that most of us never will. His sensory “disorder” gives him an awareness of creation that offers him a closeness to the creator. I have not once since that day pleaded with the Father to heal my boy, but I have learned to praise Him for my son’s unique qualities that the Lord has graciously blessed him with.