I am often guilty of seeing my child only as a child with a hidden disability. My focus is on the diagnosis and resulting behavior. I easily forget that my child is a whole person, and so much more than his diagnosis.
A friend recently reminded me to think back to why we chose the name Jonathan for him. While we named him after my husband, we also found the meaning behind the name very symbolic. His name means God’s gracious gift. It seemed very appropriate, given our infertility and our journey to adoption.
His life is a constant reminder that life is sacred. His birth mother was counseled to abort him and she planned on it, but never accumulated the necessary money. God created him, knit every cell in his body together and has a plan for His life, not in spite of his disability, but because of it.
His name reminds me that he is a gift, and that God only gives perfect gifts to His children. While I often feel overwhelmed by his behavior and his needs, these are the very things that push me into a position of total dependence on Christ. The more I learn of His grace and sufficiency, the more I can enjoy Jonathan for who he is.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights… James 1:17