Hey guys! So I’m going to tell you a story…There was a guy named Lazarus. He had two sisters, Mary and Martha. One day Lazarus got really sick and Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus to come QUICK! Jesus waited in Bethabara for two days before heading to Bethany where Lazarus was already dead. When Jesus got there, Lazarus had been dead for four days!
In Jewish tradition the spirit left the body and the body decayed after three days. When Jesus got there, the Bible said he was so upset that he cried!
Mary and Martha asked him why he was so late. Jesus then went to the tomb and called for Lazarus to come out. Lazarus walked out to meet Jesus!
In fact Jesus wasn’t late. God is always on time!
I learned this when I was diagnosed…I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 14 years old! There were signs, and we saw them, but we just couldn’t put two and two together.
One year at the beach we were at our favorite restaurant and I started to get really scared. I started having bad thoughts of putting my hand on the hibachi griddle. I went into my first full blown panic attack! The only thing that would calm me down is my dad praying with me.
Later when we got home, my big brother was building a HUGE fire and I love fires, but the enemy kept telling me to jump over the fire! I knew I couldn’t make the jump, prompting another panic attack!
At that point my mom made an appointment with my doctor and she sent us to a psychiatrist. After some testing we found out that I had Asperger’s syndrome, a type of Autism!
We thought God was late, but through everybody we have met… God has richly blessed me and my parents. So remember: It’s not on our timeline, but on God’s!
Remember guys, God loves you and so do I!
Hannah Benson — known for her big heart, her kindness, and her eagerness to serve — is the author of the Overcoming Autism blog.
Hannah was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 14, and now uses this media platform as a way to reach out to those living with Autism and other handicaps. Hannah shares tips and coping skills for those with Autism and for family and friends of those who have been diagnosed; she also relates her life to stories in the Bible and chronicles the lessons she’s learned along her journey.
Hannah Benson can be found on Instagram @hannah_benson94 or on Facebook on the Overcoming Autism Hannah’s Story.