A few weeks ago in Vacation Bible School , Logan held up pretty well. He participated in most if not all of the activities and events. He didn’t seem stressed or disorganized when I picked him up in the afternoon. He even transitioned well on Wednesday when he had to leave to go to dyads when his crazy mom forgot to cancel it earlier.
Imagine my surprise on Friday when I was approached by his teacher at the closing ceremonies. She mentioned that Logan got upset during snack time about his watermelon falling on the floor. He angrily picked it up, threw it away then stormed out of the room. She couldn’t find him for a few minutes . He eventually returned to her . She proceeded to talk with him about how his example looked to his classmates.
This seemed to work for Logan. He is very on fire for God right now. He responded well to her telling him that everyone knows he is a Christian. He epitomizes the saying “If you believe it, live it.” He spends an inordinate amount of time reading his Bible . Everyone knows this because he is never without it. He carries it everywhere. This is not a bad thing EXCEPT when you don’t do such a great job handling yourself which in turn doesn’t glorify God. Non believers will look at your actions as well as your words when you preach the Gospel.
Now this could have backfired on her. Logan, as is common in children with autism, doesn’t necessarily see the perspective of others. This is a much higher skill than the level we are working on. There is absolutely no earthly reason that this approach should have worked. But it did. Later that evening , during our home Bible study time , we talked about it as well. He had a firm grasp on it then. We even talked about it in respect to a situation that I was going to be in the next day. He gave me advice on what he thought I should do.
This worked because God wanted it to work. He wanted to grow Logan in his walk with Him. He is going to use Logan in mighty ways. I have no doubt about that. If I did before this happened , I certainly don’t now. I am overwhelmed by the prospect of teaching Logan anything spiritual. God used this opportunity to teach me a lesson in obedience. Overwhelmed or not, I still need to teach him how to be a Spirit filled servant of Christ. I need to teach this by example and have faith that God will take care of the rest.