…man whom He had formed…

March 12th, 2011

When we look at Joseph, we don’t see someone who would be improved if he would just be able to paint beautiful pictures…

…or who should have learned to walk at nine-and-a-half months instead of thirteen-and-a-half months…

 

When we look at Daniel, we don’t consider him lacking because he’ll never be as tall as Joshua…

…or because he’s not writing string quartets…

When we look at Joshua, we don’t think, “It’s too bad he won’t grow up to be a professor of law at Harvard…”

…or wonder why his hair doesn’t grow in a double crown pattern like Joseph’s hair does…

When we look at Laura, we don’t picture her as being more attractive if only her hair was red instead of blonde…

…or think, “She should have the scientific names of all the plants on our property memorized by now…”

When we look at Jane, we don’t think she’d be a more valuable person if she was teaching her little brothers calculus…

…or wish her head was shaped one way instead of the other way…

When we look at John Michael, we don’t see a boy who will never be a world-class athlete…

…or that he would be easier to take care of if his hair didn’t need to be cut so often…

When we look at Peter, we don’t think he’d be a more worthwhile person if his hair would just be thicker, and not grow straight up in the air…

…and if he was as good at numbers as Daniel was at his age…

When we look at James, we don’t see a person who just lacks the ability to ride a bicycle…and why can’t he do that yet…

…and that he would look better if his eyes were a bit darker and if he just had dimples like Stephen…

When we look at Stephen, we don’t feel sad because he’s not singing all the verses of all the hymns, on key…

…or wish that his arms and legs were longer…

And this little exercise of mine was harder to pull off than you might guess…because of its essential absurdity…

When we look at our children, we don’t view them…

…as people who are somehow lacking…lacking something we think is essential to their basic design.

We just see people.  People who are formed and gifted exactly as God designed them to be.

“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?'”

“Wonderful are Your works.  My soul knows it very well.”

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11 Responses to “…man whom He had formed…”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Look at Verity eating babyfood and doing oral therapy!  Thanks for sharing.  And I totally agree.  I love my children because they are people.  Not because they fit in some arbitrary mold. 

  2. Shauna says:

    And when I look at those pictures of Verity I see God’s perfect design :)

  3. M says:

    Sweet Verity is doing great!

    I never really thought about it that way but you’re right…
    none of my children are ‘perfect’ but they are all perfectly formed in God’s image and created the way He wanted them to be…why would I ever ask God to change them?

    How do you face the fears of not being able to handle caring for a special needs child? Or the possibility of not being able to care for your other children?

    My heart is crying at the thought of all the motherless and fatherless children out there. Which one belongs in our home?

  4. Susanna says:

    M, these are such good and thoughtful questions. Thank you for prompting me to get in gear and work them out in words. After I finish your last assignment, that is. :) Still working on that one.

    I am praying for you and your husband, and I’m excited for what God is going to do in your family. :)

  5. Kendra says:

    LOVE this post Susanna!  You are SO right!  God has made each of us, each of our children EXACTLY how He wants them to be. Thank you for that reminder. :)  I am so glad He put our family together the way He did and made each of our children in His image how He saw fit.
    Verity is so sweet I could squeeze her. Thanks for your wonderful testimony of God’s faithfulness.  We’ll continue to pray Katerina home!
     

  6. Kim Yeatts says:

    I absolutely LOVE the last photo at the window. Precious post and precious sisters.

  7. Tami Swaim says:

    Oh, Verity’s beautiful blue eyes!

  8. M says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your family’s journey with all of us! Take your time answering my questions-I know you’re busy!

    I was also wondering how you are preparing your children for Katerina’s arrival?

  9. M says:

    Can you apply for multiple grants?

    I found this one: http://www.achildwaits.org/

  10. Susanna says:

    Yes, M, and we have ACW’s application form filled out and waiting in a folder to be scanned and emailed to them. (Thanks for the reminder! :D ) It’s the only one we’ve pursued to date, besides asking Lifeline and Lifesong.

  11. Beautiful reminder!  Thank you!  :)

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