What God Sees When He Delivers a Handicapped Child
Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by special pressures, and a couple by habit.
This year, over 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen?
Somehow I visualize God hovering over Earth selecting His instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.
"Armstrong, Beth, son, patron saint, Matthew." "Forrest, Marjorie, daughter, patron saint, Cecilia."
"Rudledge, Carrie, twins, patron saint, giver her Gerard- he's used to profanity."
Finally, He passes a name and smiles... "Give her a handicapped child."
The angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She is so happy."
"Exactly," said God. "Could I give a handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."
"But does she have patience?" asks the angel?
"I don't want her to have too much patience, or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it."
"I watched her today. You see, she has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I am going to give her has his own world, and that's not going to be easy."
"But Lord, I don't think she even believes in you."
God smiles, "No matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has enough selfishness."
The angel gasps, "Selfishness! Is that a virtue?"
God nods, "If she can't separate herself from her child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied."
"She will never take for granted a 'spoken word.' She will never consider a 'step' ordinary. When her child says 'Momma' for the first time she will be present at a miracle and know it! When she describes a tree or sunset to her blind child, she will see it as few people ever see my creations.
"I will permit her to see clearly the things I see... ignorance, cruelty, prejudice... and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is by my side."
"And what about her patron saint?" asked the angel, pen poised midair.
God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."
So, isn't that awesome? That's enough to get me through the day. That and knowing that my little man needs MORE love, MORE hugs, and MORE smooches than ever!! And I know that I have to be strong for him.
SOO... on a Positive note... check this precious little man out!!
HOW CUTE IS HE??