Are You Listening?

Took a wrong turn today in the parking deck after my little guy’s therapy appointment at the Children’s Hospital. Monsoon-like weather in our area this morning with torrential rains and whipping winds made driving downtown to the hospital a most soggy adventure.

Therapy went GREAT,…our little guy is amazing! Don’t let anyone ever say our children on the Spectrum can’t make progress. Our son is proof positive they can! But then, our God is bigger than Autism, and bigger than Apraxia, and bigger than any problem we can ever face,…even when we’re a little lost.

Have you ever parked in a hospital parking deck mid-morning on a Monday? Nearly impossible task to find a parking spot when everyone seems to have early appointments. Luckily or rather prayerfully we got a spot not too far from the over the street bridge. Of course it was on a different level from our last visit, and to be honest, in the past six years, I think we’ve parked on every single level from ground to the roof.

Personally, I like parking on the parking deck roof. Usually it’s uncrowded, the downtown views are fantastic, and I NEVER forget where I parked. But no roof today, with the rain slashing against our windshield I was grateful to find a relatively dry location mid parking deck. Only one level of the parking deck looks a lot like the next, and when your little guy is excitedly telling you ‘cool things’ about all that thrashing rain we just came through,…you forget to look at the level identifying colors.

With therapy, check out, adventuring down to the CAFE, and yes, let us cap-CAFE in all caps, because Apraxia kicked in at the end of my little guy’s appointment. Oh, but Isaac wanted so badly to tell the doctor where we were going to eat lunch, but with Apraxia, the motor processing just wouldn’t let him get the word, “Cafe,” out,…so he spelled it, “C-A-F-E!”  (Yeah, he’s really cool!), well,…needless to say after our lunch of chicken fingers and fries, we took a wrong turn on the parking deck. The grey skies made the cement enclosed deck very dim and gloomy,…as we walked and walked, searching for our car,…which was no where in sight.

“Where car, Mama?” asked Isaac, clearly bemused.
“Well, it’s not here,” I answered pointing to the honking big truck occupying what should have been our parking space.

Now did Mama panic? No this Mama did not panic, because this Mama’s done this little parking deck episode once before, and she used up all her frenzied freaked out panic on that lost car occasion. With the calm insight of experience, I instantly knew exactly what happened. Our car had not been towed away, or stolen, or thrown off the cement banister. When we entered the parking deck,…we merely headed in the wrong direction. No great loss, we got an extra tour of the parking deck, and my little guy was pumped, he really likes parking decks. Once we retraced our steps and were pointed in the right direction, we found our car without further incident, and the rest is history,…

Where are you headed? Hopefully not in the wrong direction, but should that be the case, the solution is so simple, be it parking decks or anything else in life. Stop, evaluate your situation, turn around,…and then go in the direction where you should be.

One thing living with Autism has taught us, is that we truly,…“walk my faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7  After all, most eight year olds don’t spend their summer vacation attending therapy sessions, although we’re sooooo grateful for the phenomenal progress our little guy has made in therapy!!! It’s the fruits of our faith when he was a toddler when we had NO IDEA if therapy would even work. During that distressful time, we didn’t know where we were headed, but we knew if we kept our sights on the LORD,…we were headed in the right direction.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go,…” Psalm 32:8

“The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:8

When the LORD is watching your back, it’s really hard to get lost. Even today in the parking deck we weren’t really lost, we were merely misdirected. In our fast pace world with everyone zooming at super sonic speeds, its easy to get yourself on the wrong path. It’s okay,…we all have to stop and reevaluate our direction from time to time. Where we’ve been in life is not nearly as important as where we are going! Walking by faith,…takes,…ah,…it takes faith. We might not see a clear path,…but we can trust the LORD’s direction.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way,…walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

The ultimate key is listening.

God bless and keep you!




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