Today’s post is part 4 of my husband’s sermon on “7 Things I Learned About God from My Daughter Who Has Autism.” The points I already mentioned are:
- God’s heart grieves when His children don’t respond to His voice.
- Change requires intervention.
- God rejoices when we finally do respond to Him.
Today, I will continue with point #4.
4: We should desire God’s embrace.
We attend a church in which contemporary music is sung at the beginning of our service each Sunday. Most people stand during this part of the service. Hannah cannot tolerate standing still. If she is in a situation that requires standing still or standing in line, we try to take a wheelchair for her to sit in as she waits because she’s much more comfortable and happy that way.
Because of her trouble standing in one place, Hannah stays seated during the praise and worship music. In fact, not only does Hannah refuse to stand during the praise and worship music, but she also she insists that her daddy not stand during this time.
You see, Hannah is quite a “daddy’s girl.” She wants her daddy to sit with her and snuggle with her and hug her during the entire service. She wants to be close to her daddy whenever she has the opportunity.
If Scott stands up, it won’t be long until Hannah’s hand reaches up to pull him back down with her. Then Hannah often takes his arms and places them around her. Since she is non-verbal, this is Hannah’s way of telling her daddy that she wants him to hug her.
Just as Hannah desires to snuggle with and hug her daddy, we should feel the same way about God. We should desire God’s embrace. There are so many things that take our attention and focus away from God—our heavenly daddy. We often desire the attention of friends, the accumulation of things, and the attainment of goals more than we desire a close relationship with God. It’s so easy to get our priorities out of order!
Yet each Sunday when Hannah’s hand reaches up to let her daddy know that she wants him to hug her and put his arm around her during the church service, it’s a reminder that we should all want—more than anything else—God’s embrace.