What I Learned About God from My Daughter (Who Has Autism) Point #5

We learn so much from our children! The lessons are often unexpected, and they are usually very memorable. Most of us—especially those of us who homeschool—often feel a great burden for teaching our children the things they need to know, the correct ways to behave and treat others, and the life skills they’ll need. But very often, we learn just as much from our children as they do from us.

Over the past 4 days, I’ve recounted some of the things my husband included in his sermon: “7 Things I Learned from My Daughter (Who Has Autism).” If you missed any of them, just click the links below to find them. Then I’ll move on to point #5.

  1. God’s heart grieves when His children don’t respond to His voice.
  2. Change requires intervention.
  3. God rejoices when we finally do respond to Him.
  4. We should desire God’s embrace.

#5: There is no substitute for Daddy.

Scott tucks Hannah in bed every night.  One night, Scott had gone to a business dinner and was not yet home when it was time for Hannah to go to bed.  I did our regular bed-time routine and then was about to tuck Hannah in bed when her daddy got home.  We both heard him in the living room talking to her brother.  As soon as Hannah heard her daddy’s voice, she began to let me know that she wanted him, not me, to tuck her in!  (She is non-verbal, but she is also really good at making her wants and needs known without using spoken words when she really wants to!)

Hannah was letting me know that, while I would do in a pinch, she always prefers her daddy if he is available.  In other words, there is no substitute for Daddy.

The Bible says that there is “no other name by which men can be saved.”  Some believe that there are many ways to be saved and many paths to heaven and eternal life.  The Bible tells us, though, that there is no substitute for God.  There is no other way to salvation and to heaven and to eternal life.

If we believe that there is any other way to eternal life, then we mock God’s sacrifice.  If there are other ways to salvation, then there was no need for Jesus to die on the cross to save us from our sins.  But the truth is, there is no substitute for Daddy.

1 Comment

  1. Cindy Magee

    All I can say is a resounding… AMEN SISTER! There definitely is no substitute for God.


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