What I Learned About God from My Daughter (Who Has Autism) Point #2

Often we learn the most from the hardest situations we encounter. These hard lessons remain in our memories simply because they were so hard! The easy things just kind of slip right past us without much notice.

The series I’m sharing this week is “7 Things I Learned About God from My Daughter (Who Has Autism).” These posts come from a sermon my husband shared years ago when he was filling in for our pastor one Sunday.

Yesterday was point #1: God’s heart grieves when His children don’t respond to His voice. If you didn’t read it, I hope you’ll go back and take a look. Today, I’ll be continuing with the second point.

#2: Change requires intervention.

When we realized that Hannah had autism, we could have done what the “experts” at that time recommended. We could have just waited to see what would happen. (Keep in mind that Hannah was diagnosed with autism almost 20 years ago—when it was still a rare condition. Doctors and therapists hadn’t yet learned that early intervention is crucial for these kiddos.) Or we could have just gone home and tried to keep her as happy as possible and not tried to teach her anything because “they” said it wasn’t any use.

As parents, though, we were willing to do whatever it took to see a change happen in Hannah’s life. We worked with her, took her to doctors, and went to speech therapy and physical therapy with her. We sacrificed time, effort, and money to do everything we could to help her, and we were glad to do it.

God also wasn’t satisfied to leave us in our transgressions and sins. He intervened on our behalf just like we intervened on Hannah’s behalf. The difference, though, is that God’s sacrifice was so much greater than ours! God sent his only son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. God sacrificed all He had in order to save us!

Just think about that! Jesus’ death on the cross was truly awesome! I remember those first few years and how much time and effort went into working with Hannah and doing all the other things we did with her and for her. At the time, the sacrifices Scott and I made seemed really huge, yet looking back, they seem so very small compared to the sacrifice God made for us. And this makes me even more thankful for what God did for us.

But why did God do what He did? Because change required intervention! Just as it took a change in the lives of my husband, Hannah, and me to help Hannah get better, it took a change for God to save us. Somebody had to sacrifice in order to create that change. God had to give up something, Someone, in order to change the destiny of each of us who chooses to accept Him. But unlike the change in my family–in which each of us had to work hard to bring about a change in Hannah’s outcome, all we have to do is accept the change, the sacrifice, that God made for each of us!

Tomorrow I will share point #3 in this series. I hope you’ll join me and share my series with others who might enjoy it! And be sure to leave your questions or comments below.

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