Autism: An Unexpected Trip Into Something Magnificent. My life's plan changed when I was told that Joshua had autism. I was soon drowning in a flood of therapies, schedules, and raw emotions. I felt lost. All of this felt bigger than I was. Joshua and I began our journey through the world of autism. A teacher in disguise, Joshua taught me how to keep going when times got rough and gave me a new understanding of what love was really about. Little by little, I finally reached my son and in turn discovered how God was trying to reach me.