When we heard 8 years ago that our only son was autistic and retarded, we were quite lost. We did
what we had to do, we put him in special education and gave him all the love and attention any child
could need. However, shortly afterwards, Jesus spoke to my heart (the mother) that the story would
not end there. The more I prayed for acceptance of the fact that his future would be different, the more
Jesus spoke to me that He would touch our son Floris Christian (which means flourishing
However, I closed my heart for these thoughts and continued to pray for acceptance. I ended up praying
all day, not on my knees all the time, but doing so in all my daily things as a housewife. Even when people
visited me, I prayed inwardly, and ended doing so until going to bed.
Months went on by!
One day I was weeding my garden and noticed how one of my favorite
flower buds was cut off, (all the
children of the neighborhood play in my yard, as we have such a large one and most others do not have
one). As children play, accidents happen with my flowers. I was feeling very low, seeing it was my
flower a poppy, that was cut off and it laid dead on the earth.
Then I heard the voice of Jesus speaking! He said: pick up this dead flower bud, as it is your son! Put it into
living water, and I will make it grow. Naturally, I thought I had gone mad, and rushed inside. But every time
I went into the garden, Jesus spoke louder and louder. So I obeyed Him and rushed to get the dead and
dried poppy bud in order to put it into a bowl of water.
When my husband came home, I told him the entire story, and he did not laugh or ridicule me. Sam said: well,
if your God tells you so, I am glad you obeyed Him, but please be not devastated if this flower will remain
dead, it looks quite dead, you know!
But there came life in the dead and crispy bud! It turned green and healthy, and a beautiful poppy appeared. It
became red and more red than those outside, it became bigger, lots bigger that those outside!
And so it was with our son.
He became social and kind and loving and clever and more clever and made so many friends! He went to normal
high school last year. His school marks were very high A's and B's! After one year the teachers decided that he
could follow an even higher level than he was in.
This is not the end of the story..........My husband Sam became a Christian
last month and was baptized, we have
Bible studies daily and we pray and praise the Lord Jesus every day.
There is only one thing missing, and that is the fact that we have not found a church to worship in, but we trust
the Lord Jesus that He will guide us. He has brought us so far, we believe that He will lead us to a community
to worship Him.
Praise Jesus for His goodness and His mercy which endureth for ever and ever!