I asked you guys to send me your own thoughts on this topic and my friend, Amy, wrote, "It teaches us to rejoice in the small steps forward and enjoy the little moments of greatness." I think that supports what I am trying to say here too because when we slow down, we can take it all in, and find beauty in unexpected places.
Our special needs children teach us that we don't need to fear God's sovereignty, but trust it and find hope in it. It is good because He is good. Ruthie Henderson's presence in my family is a daily testimony of that truth.
There is an entire chapter in my book about this that, Lord willing, some of you will get to read some day. That said, if I know God is good and I trust that He is sovereign, then I can find hope in the truth that nothing occurs outside of His allowing it to happen. It is His goodness that allows me to turn my eyes away from my circumstances and find peace in His plan.
One of the hard parts about stepping out in faith is that you don't have the full story and you have to relinquish your control to God's plan. God in turn gives you what you need to take each step along the way. When we were given Ruthie's paperwork, we were told that it was just her hands. When we met her, it was clear that her elbows and shoulders were involved too. I am actually thankful that we didn't know everything because I fear that we might not have had what it took to say "yes". God knew what we needed to take the next step and He guided us through the process, step by step, according to His plan.
My friend Cara has a similar testimony and left this comment for me, "Frankly, looking back I am glad that I didn't know Sidney's ortho needs entailed more. I needed to see for myself that none of it mattered"
God is good, His sovereignty is good, His plan is good, and Ruthie Mei Henderson is my daily reminder of that goodness.