I was sitting at a traffic light late at night on the way to the grocery store AGAIN to buy pull-ups for my youngest child. Tears streamed down my face. Hannah Grace, at age nine, was still not completely potty-trained. Born with Down Syndrome, Hannah Grace’s life is full of delays and disabilities. And this night I was exhausted and tired of being her mother.
But the sweet voice of the Spirit reminded me of John 9 – the verses I had clung to since her birth. Hannah Grace’s disability brings glory to God. He is glorified in the way she loves with childlike simplicity. He is glorified in the way her siblings, her father, and especially her mother have learned patience, kindness, and gentleness. The Lord God does mighty work in pain and disability. He uses it for His own glory if we yield to Him. He teaches us the delight of dependence. We need Him – every hour and every moment. Parenting Hannah Grace has brought me to this place of dependence – and it is the best place to be.
- Read the following verses in your Bible or hover over each verse for quick reference: Hebrews 4:16 and Psalm 57:1.
- When life is hard, where do you turn first for comfort?
- Do you run to your heavenly Father in dependence?
- Do you find delight in dependence?
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