Do you believe in "Angels in Disguise"? I'm sure you are wondering what I am talking about. Let me explain.
When I was a little girl we occasionally took trips to Saint Louis. St. Louis was the closest city to where we lived. Growing up in the country was totally different than the city. For example, there are no homeless people walking the streets of Flora asking for money. Therefore, it is a huge deal when we were in St. Louis at a stop light and saw a homeless person holding up a sign asking for money, food, job, etc. Most people act as if they do not see the homeless person begging for help. You are sitting there at the stop light thinking, "Come on turn green!!! I can't take them looking at me anymore." Finally the light turns green and you are off and away from the person who is in dire need of help. You passed them and so did the other twenty cars behind you. Now when I was little girl and we saw one, my mom would tell my dad to roll down the window and give the person some money because they might be an "angel in disguise". "Whats an angel in disguise Mom?" my brother asked. "You just never know, it could be one of God's children, one of His angels in disguise."I have thought a lot of "angels in disguise" lately. Let me give you my take on "angels in disguise."
God does not have complete control of one's life. We can go to him for guidance and help but we are the ultimate person in control of our own lives. This life is a "test" to see where we spend our eternal life.
I don't necessarily believe in "God knew you could handle it that is why your child has autism." However, I believe Trenton is my angel in disguise. He is my test, he is Tim's test, and he could ultimately be your test. I believe that God places people or situations in our lives to see how we will "test out"! Trenton is one of God's children. You can find in Matthew 19:14 where it states But Jesus said " Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Trenton may always have the mind of a child therefore he will be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven even if he is 3 years old, 30 years old, or 90 years old. Trenton is one of God's children, he is one of God's angels! Hence, he is an angel in disguise. God placed him before us to see how we will take care of his precious child. I hope God smiles down on me and approves. God gave him to us to see how we would take care of him. Would we change our lives for him? Would we go to therapy after therapy after therapy? Would we fight to find him the best doctors and treatments? Would we spent countless time researching the best therapies and approaches? Would be spend every minute of our lives dedicated to helping a helpless child? Would we spend every minute of our lives dedicated to helping an angel in disguise? Or would we be selfish and halfheartedly take care of his needs? Or would we half halfheartedly take care of him and let him handle the rest on his own while we continued to lead our lives and make time for things we always did before?
I hope God is smiling down on me, knowing that every minute of my life is dedicated to Trenton, His child, my angel in disguise. I can say that honestly. I have not watched a complete TV show since he was a baby. I have not done anything for myself since he was a baby. I have no idea what it is like to be a Cardinal fan, a Cowboy fan, or a Flora Wolves Fan. Sports went out the door, as it should have. That time is well spent on my child, God's child....Trenton James!
So back to the homeless person on the street corner.....is he an angel in disguise??? He could be? He could be a test? What are you going to do about it? Oh sure...more than likely he is a drunk, on drugs, and lived a life that led him to where he is. However, you don't know that for sure. He could just be, an angel in disguise.
The chorus to I Believe There Are Angels Among Us
Oh I believe there are angels among us.
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.