I have often posted on this blog about the struggles my son, Ringo has had over the years.
He still struggles in several areas.
Thankfully, the lows he’s dealt with over the last several months have not been nearly as dark or deep as they used to be.
Until last week.
Last week he had a very hard week. We both did.
I wish I could say I set the example for him, but I didn’t. I lost my temper at him.
He lost his temper at me.
It got ugly.
It took a lot of praying for me to shake off the pain and frustration of the fuss we had. For 2 days I did nothing but pray the Lord would help us patch things up, show me what to pray and do and that He would help Ringo feel better.
Then, something miraculous happened. Ringo came into my room one night, sat down on my bed and started talking. About himself. About his way of thinking. About his relationship with me.
This was especially unusual because Ringo has never been one to share his thoughts or feelings with anyone about anything.
Over the next 2 days we talked. A lot. He explained a lot of things about himself to me.
All these explanations and insights were answered prayer.
For years I have struggled to know how to help him because I didn’t know how he thought or felt about things. I didn’t understand his mindset or reasoning. I knew his thought processes were different than most people’s, I just didn’t know how they were different.
I have been at a loss for what I should be praying.
I’ve known I should be praying God would be with him.
I’ve known I should be praying God would change his heart and draw him near.
I just didn’t know what else I should pray about.
The insights he shared gave me specific direction concerning what his needs really are.
It was like a breath of fresh air.
Here was the answer – straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.
It was a God thing. I know that.
I know that the Lord answered my prayers.
I know that the Lord arranged this huge breakthrough in my relationship with Ringo. That He in His infinite mercy had given me a clear vision of what it is I need to do and pray to help Ringo be healthy.
Words cannot express how much it means to me.
I am so thankful the Lord has chosen to answer this prayer for me and show me what to do.
I look forward to seeing the Lord continue to work in Ringo, in me and in our relationship.
I look forward to the day He will answer my prayers about the things He has chosen to show me.
The last few days have truly been answers to prayers and I am profoundly grateful!
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~Psalm 136:1