A “glitch”, that is what they called it. A “glitch” in reading and in math.
My whole life I have struggled with a slight “glitch” in learning. I used to be terrible at spelling, my handwriting was messy, and math…well, let’s just say I have spent many math lessons in tears.
One day my mom told me I was to get tested for my “learning glitch.” I was so embarrassed and humiliated as I sat in the waiting room waiting to be tested (Isaiah 40:27-31). However, a few years later, God brought a friend into my life who has a very similar “learning glitch” as I do. I felt seen and I felt so happy to know that there was someone out there just like me (Hebrew 4:15-16).
I tell you these bits and pieces of my story to tell you this: God has made us all with purpose and with an intentional design. He made you unique and talented in your own way. You are “an original copy, handcrafted by God.”
I have come to a place in my life where I am at peace with the way my brain works. That doesn’t mean I always like it, or it is easy to live with a brain that can’t always remember what 12 x 4 is, but I have come to peace with the way God has made me; you can too! Here is how:
It is very simple and it comes from the end of a camp song I learned not so very long ago. If you desire to embrace the way God has made you, repeat this to yourself every morning or perhaps anytime you start to beat yourself down about the way you are (Isaiah 45:9). Repeat the following saying to yourself until you truly believe and are living this statement out: “I am God’s child and God doesn’t make no junk.”
Read that again, because that is truth (1 John 3:1-2).
Something my mom says quite often is this, “God doesn’t make mistakes.” That includes you! You are not a mistake. The Bible says He knit you together; He formed you, and knows every detail about you (Psalm 139).
You are not junk, a mistake, or an afterthought. You weren’t just carelessly thrown together. You are God’s craftsmanship and every feature and characteristic about you has a purpose (Isaiah 64:8).
Alyssa Rasor (and your Heavenly Father)