Matthew 11:25 – I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 1:27 – But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (NIV)
Teaching my son to engage in real conversation, especially the ability to initiate and maintain dialogue, is a goal I persistently practice as a parent of a child who has autism. Many different books have been written on this subject to train parents and educators in various strategies to reach this goal. One such method is known as script and script fading, a technique which gradually reduces the words of a script to encourage and facilitate social interaction.
Yet, in my experience, the book I have found most successful in helping my son is the best source of all our needs: the Holy Bible. With the use of visual aids and dramatic reading of Scripture, I am amazed at the level of interest and understanding my son has acquired. Though mostly a listener, he is also making progress in speech and vocabulary skills. You can imagine my enthusiasm when one day he said, out of the clear blue sky, "I love Jesus!"
Ecclesiastes 12:12 (NIV) says, "Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body." But on the contrary, God's Word can give strength to our bodies and quicken our spirits. Of all the helpful resources and informative reading materials available, my son is best served when I totally depend on the Holy Spirit's guidance. As a result, the unrehearsed, simple faith expressed by an autistic child is my greatest reward.
The invaluable riches of God's truth cannot be compared to human understanding. The Lord tells us in Matthew 18:2 (NIV): "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Therefore, with simple faith, may we look to the Lord always and depend on His Word as the final source of all authority.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to become as little children and humbly seek Your face through the knowledge of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who reveals and redeems. As we give attention to Your holy Word, provide us with ready minds and willing hearts to obey. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.