Unsearchable understanding

September 24th, 2010

Last summer, before I conceived Verity, if someone had asked Joe and me, “What do you think about taking a child with Down syndrome into your family?  She will have expensive medical problems, including a major heart defect that requires surgery.  She will also need ongoing, intensive therapy and education for her physical and cognitive delays.”

We would have said, “We don’t think we can handle that at this point in our lives.”


Well…isn’t it…obvious?

Couldn’t anyone see that we don’t have extra time for a venture like that right now?

Wouldn’t most people say that our physical, emotional, mental, and financial resources are already stretched thinly enough?

We can’t afford heart surgery.  Maybe a child with no heart problem?

But we don’t know anything about Down syndrome.  We don’t have the spare time to research it like we will once life slows down a bit.

We just don’t see how it could realistically fit into our family’s life right now.

Maybe someday, when the playroom and the kitchen cabinets and the Ugly Bathroom and the room in the attic are finished off, and we don’t have any preschoolers.

Maybe someday, when we could manage it with our hands tied behind our backs.

For sure we couldn’t do it without lots and lots of help, and who would be willing to help a pair of crazies, anyway?!  God would have to work a few miracles.

Take in a child with Down syndrome?  Now?

Okay, so none of this crossed our minds even remotely last year.

But I’m pretty sure that we would have said that this isn’t the best time.   Give it, oh, at least another five years.

“Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.

His understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,

But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

From this perspective, our objections don’t look as big as God does.

How thankful we are that God works His plan and not ours!

How utterly thankful.

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6 Responses to “Unsearchable understanding”

  1. Raella says:

    Gods ways are truely above ours and His resources are unending and it is amazing how you have time to keep up a blog.

  2. Susanna says:

    Cindy, I’m pumping *two hours* a day.  With the additional 1 1/2 hours of that last night feeding, that’s time for an awful lot of reading and writing. And I will write whether I blog or not, b/c it’s one of the things God wired me to do!  A keyboard is great for onehandedness, though, compared with paper and pen. :) By the way, it would be nice to see you again…

  3. Tami Swaim says:

    “Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.

    This was my memory passage a couple years back.  Such a great, great passage!  I’m a worry-woman and this verse just shakes me:  Hey lady (it speaks to me), have you not known????  So, powerful! Hello, I’m GOD with a capital G!

  4. Tami Swaim says:

    …by the way I think that it’s neat that I too am “wired” to write!  I have 22 journals so far and that’s just counting the bound “old fashion” (non electronic blogging type).  I do have many journals as computer files but I really treasure my hard copy ones.  Whenever I saw a cheap, pretty journal (I did enjoy finding ones that were pretty) I would buy it.  I started at age 17 when I decided to make my Savior Lord of my life or better put ALLOW him to be (which as we all know is a process hence the journaling :0)!

  5. Marilyn Osborn says:

    Precious post!  Glory to God!

  6. Lorena says:

    I do know; I have heard …. but I loved (and needed) the reminder!  Thank God he is not weary, and that he shares his strength with the weak.

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