After I graduated from college, I struggled to find a job. I applied everywhere but no one was interested in hiring me. Finally I was able to find a job in a group home for mentally disabled adults. It wasn’t easy work. We were responsible for the feeding, dressing, cleaning, and safety of our clients. We had to keep them on a schedule, take them to their supported jobs, and help them to control their behaviors when they acted out. It was a difficult job emotionally and I really wasn’t ready for it. To tell the truth, I didn’t look forward to going to work each day.
One of our clients was a young man who couldn’t talk and would often act out when frustrated. He did enjoy walking outside so he other workers would often have me take him for a walk along the road to calm him down. One day when we were out walking, I suddenly felt something touch my fingers. The young man was trying to hold my hand. Instead of pushing it away, I took his hand in mine and we walked along together in the sunshine. Then as we turned back to home, I saw there was a light shining in his eyes. It was full of love. It was full of joy. It was full of goodness. In that moment I saw the angel that lay within him. In that moment I saw who he really was.
Little did I know that God would use that experience to help prepare me for my own two son’s autism(自闭症). It would help me to see the light that lay within them as well. It would help me to learn that caring for them was not a duty but an honor. It would help me to realize that they were to be my greatest teachers in how to live and how to love.