Saturday, September 10, 2016

Our Good Father's Gift

Our celebration was a little late, but on Sunday we finally stuck a “2” candle in a loaf of oat flour Pumpkin bread, sang “Happy Birthday” and declared it Colt’s special day!   

When the Lord gave us Colt, He surprised us with a little something extra, something wonderful, changing our lives and hearts forever.

As we celebrated these two amazing years with our boy, and look forward to, Lord willing, many more, I could carry on about his smile, hugs, perseverance, love, funny faces, bear crawl, endless goodnight kisses, dancing, signing, his insistence on waving at strangers until he gets a wave back, and more, that add so much joy and love to this family. 

But, we have known from the beginning that he is here for a much bigger purpose. 
We are all here for a bigger purpose. 
Our birth, life and death is ordained by God and we are here for the glory of God.

It was two years ago, this same month, that I was holding our beautiful baby while reading this verse, being shown again the goodness of our Father in Heaven.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise;
God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
1 Corinthians 1:27
 This world seeks the beautiful, perfect, or “normal”.  They are quick to abort, mourn over or throw out anyone they deem inconvenient, less worthy or less able.  And these are the very ones that God has chosen.   He is a good Father and he has created Colt to be mighty for Him.   

Now as I look back on these two years, I realize I get to vividly witness something that I already knew. God’s word is always true.
The Lord has used Colt to teach us something that the greatest preachers or teachers couldn’t do and because God is a good Father, perfect in all of His ways, He knew that. 

Our love for Colt has opened our eyes to our fear of discomfort, disabilities, pursuit of ease, and the safe road that keep us from the joy of living a life in a deeper walk and a deeper trust in God.
We read verses like
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:27

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Matthew 25:40

-and said, “if the Lord opens that door…”, “if the Lord places a baby in our lap we are willing…”, or “another time…”, and “we are doing enough…”.

Even though we know the Lord’s definition of “enough”.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers,  by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 
Romans 12:1

Our Father is so good though.  He taught us and opened our eyes in the most gracious, patient and loving of ways.  He gave us Colt. 

 I  long to be a parent more like Him.  We deserve death and He gave us life.  We deserve eternity in Hell and He gave His son so that we might have eternity with Him.   We ignore His Word and He knows just how to draw us deeper.

 Our perfect Father is using a two year old, who happens to have Down syndrome, to change our lives, to save the life of another baby who he loves deeply, and to show us that those children that have been thrown out and left behind because they are "unworthy", "inconvenient", and uncomfortable, are not just helpless faces.  They are Colt.  They are every one of our children.  Every one of them is worth sacrificing ALL for.  They  aren't helpless.  The Lord has told us to help.  I see those verses that I had read so many times and wonder how I missed what they were saying for so long.     

All of these babies are listed on Reece's Rainbow among hundreds more.

So while we celebrate Colt's 2nd birthday, we really celebrate something much bigger than him.  We celebrate, praise and give glory to our perfect creator, who fearfully and wonderfully made Colt.  We praise him for the good Father that He is in giving us the gift of Colt and pray that He will grow all of us to be more like Him every single day. 

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