Its good to be back! I took a vacation last month and had a great time with my family.
Before I was healed of autism, I used to want every piece of autism memorabilia I could get my hands on. I would have teachers from local schools buy me shirts their schools were selling.
But after I started the healing process I can’t bring myself to wear the shirts anymore. I can’t explain it… I just feel like if I wear the shirts I am putting on the mantle of autism. I have had people say, “so you don’t support autism awareness anymore?”
I do, but I just cant wear the shirt. It is my past and I am breaking out of that prison. I can’t identify with it anymore. It might seem kinda extreme but God doesn’t want me or anyone else to come into agreement with our diagnosis!
YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR DIAGNOSIS!
You might ask… what is a mantle?
According to 1 kings chapter 19 verse 19, Elijah went out there to find Elisha who was plowing with 12 pairs of oxen. Elijah then passed by him and threw him his robe.
After some research, I found out that that robe is called a mantle and it symbolizes the anointing and the call of a prophet. So I did a little more digging and found that it doesn’t have to be a prophetic mantle, it could be anything, positive or negative. You can take up a mantle of your diagnosis by agreeing with it and accepting it!
As for me, I chose for so long to put that mantle on everyday. It is a HEAVY burden. But like I said, I learned that I don’t have to keep that mantle, I can be free! And so can you!
God is telling you to take off that mantle and put on a mantle of praise! This is a journey we will go through together!
God bless, PEACE OUT PEEPS!
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.