• Rebecca Giles

His words in my mouth

God's help for me and you

One night when I was 16 years old, I was flipping through the pages of a Bible and asking Jesus, "Please teach me something through your words."

I looked down at the page and read,

Jeremiah 1

6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.

8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “See, I have put my words in your mouth."

My eyes began to be crying. This was strange, because I was very happy, but usually when you see people crying it is a way to infer that they are sad.

Then I flipped several pages and looked down and read,

Isaiah 51

16 I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand.

Autistic people like me and you are able to tell others how to become friends with Jesus. Perhaps you don't usually speak well, but if you ask Jesus to guide you, it won't be you who's really speaking - it will actually be him who is staying with you, making you feel brave enough, putting the right words into your mind to say, and enabling you to say them. If you don't know what to say or are worried, just ask Jesus to put his words in your mouth. He will!

On my own, there's no way I could tell anyone how to become friends with Jesus. But I'm never on my own. If Jesus wants me to speak, he gives words to me and makes my mouth able to say them, and he makes me brave.

Exodus 4:10 -12: Moses said to the Lord, "Please, Lord, I am not a man of words, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant, because my mouth and my tongue are clumsy." And the Lord said to him: "Who made man's mouth? Who makes him mute or deaf or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now, go! And I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you shall speak."

Now, I don't think that speaking is "the right way" to communicate, or that it should always be my goal. It is everyone's right to communicate in whichever way we choose, whether that is speaking, signing, typing, or another method. Normally I talk by speaking, but sometimes I talk through my laptop by typing or using a text-to-speech program.

Instead, what I mean is that with my friend Jesus to help me, I'm safe, and nothing can hold me back. He empowers me. I'm limitless. Jesus calls his autistic friends to tell others about him, however we are going to communicate it. All of Christ's autistic friends are limitless because he's limitless and we have been given his strength.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.