EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020
Isaiah 41:13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
I live in the UK and attend the Birmingham Unit of Holiness Revival Movement. I had my son Elnathan in the UK on September 2012 by caesarean section. As time went on, it was discovered that he had hearing problems and so had to undergo operations and grommets were fitted in his ears.
As if that was not enough, at the age of four he could neither talk nor understand anything that was said. He was always very aggressive. He was referred to a Speech and Language Therapist and offered free extra nursery days in an effort to change the situation.
One other disturbing thing was that our son could not sleep at night. He often screamed in the middle of the night and ran away from his room to ours as if something was chasing him. We attended so many speech and language sessions, but rather than see improvements, it was even getting worse. After going from one assessment to another, in 2017 we were told in a pitiful way that our son had autism.
I had to go on internet to search the meaning. The worst part of it was that there was no treatment for it. However, I was encouraged when I saw some testimonies from Christians who had gone through a similar situation and God had worked wonders in their lives. The whole scenario made me to cry bitterly and, in my prayer, I promised God that if he answered my prayer I would testify everywhere to His glory.
Elnathan means 'gift from God' so I believed God will perfect him because every gift from God is good and perfect. We were again invited for another meeting with a doctor, a speech and language therapist and I think a teacher to talk about the diagnosis and further arrangements to support our son. During the meeting, I told them I am a Christian and I don't believe my son was going to remain that way for the rest of his life.
I refused to accept the diagnosis or him being labelled autistic. The Multidisciplinary team tried to explain to us the situation could only get worse. We were asked to go home and think over the matter. At our next meeting, I maintained my stand. A final report was later done without any conclusion of diagnosis. (To be continued tomorrow).
Thought for the day:
There is no case beyond the power of Jesus.
Song for the day:
My God is able … only Jesus can save.
Bible reading for the day:
Joshua 19-20; Luke 5:17-39
PASTOR PAUL RIKA