Monday, October 17, 2011

Purpose-Filled Life!

It has been one of those days! A day that I sit and stare at Gavin, wishing that he had more purpose in this life. Wishing that he could sit on his own, walk, and talk. Feeling sorry for him.....and sorry for me. Wishing that Gavin hadn't had the severe stroke that he had...the one that has robbed us from a child who could have had so much possibility in this life! The stroke that I think back to every once in awhile, and think to myself, "What if the doctors had listened to me?! What if they had done what was needed to prevent this from happening? What if Gavin was just the 'typical' child with Down syndrome........What wonderful things would we be accomplishing today?"

Yep, one of those days!

Then I read the following poem:


Dear God,


I am just a little boy
I don't know how to pray
But please tell me, Lord
... Why did you make me this way

He explained,

I gave you no sight
So others could see
That My glory is planted
In the smallest of seeds

I gave you no voice
So others you could teach
That even in silence
I can hear you speak

I gave you a life that others
Would not wish to have
So they would be grateful
Instead of boastful and proud

The body of a child
The purpose of a man
You were lovingly created
To fulfill the Master's plan

So close your eyes, my child
I will give you dreams
For someday you will fly
And you will not need wings

Lisa J. Brown



Some days I forget just how purposeful Gavin's life really is! I get caught up in the things he can't do, instead of the purpose he is fulfilling! Some people may look at Gavin and think, "What a shame." The truth is, God's plan for Gavin is probably greater than His plan for most of us.....and I am so thankful that God chose me to watch over Gavin until His plan is fulfilled!

Gavin may not appear to be able to accomplish much in life. He may have to work very hard to just lift his head up for a few seconds while he sits in an infant toy...



......but thanks to reading this poem, and thanks to the promises that God has made known to us.....I KNOW that Gavin is living a very wonderful, purpose-filled life! And, I am so very proud of him!


"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1

9 comments:

Michelle said...

Amen sister. Love the pic of him in the sitting toy. LOVE!

Anonymous said...

What a great poem! I'm glad it found you at the perfect time.

Gavin is such a cutie. You capture his personality in the pictures that you take of him. I love seeing your other children with him too. You can see the pure love that is given and returned by all.

Lots of prayers and hugs from Minnesota.

Cindy

Krissy said...

What a beautiful poem! It really makes you see what this life is all about. God bless you both!

Lori L said...

I keep thinking that its not what Gavin is accomplishing in his own life but in the lives of those around him. What would his brothers be like without him? Would they be like so many, making fun of those who are "different"? I believe Gavin will have an absolutely wonderful affect on their entire lives.

Annette Gysen said...

What a great poem! It makes me think of John 9 where the disciples see a blind man and ask Jesus who sinned--the man or his parents--that made him blind from birth. Jesus tells them that it wasn't their sin that made him blind--it was so the works of God could be displayed in him. And the works of God are definitely displayed in Gavin!

Lacey said...

I think their purpose in life is to bring joy and wonder to everyone else. I can't imagine my life without him. And I can't believe the way he effects the people he meets!

Anonymous said...

HELLO TO YOU DEAR ONES...

I WAS VERY TOUCHED BY THIS POEM. IN IT WE CAN SEE A GLIMPSE OF REASON FOR THE "WHY" WE SEEK TO FIND.

ISN'T IT SO WONDERFUL TO KNOW THERE WILL COME A DAY WHEN WE WILL FIND THE ANSWERS IN FULL..

1 Corinthians 13:12

12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

SO UNTIL THAT DAY COMES - WE CAN...

Proverbs 3:5-6

5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

LOVE YOU SWEET TREASURES SO DEARLY, SHARON

Zoey's mom, Heather said...

We must have this moments. To sit with them and ponder and reflect and be yes, sad and then we circle back and we see the gift clearly before us and the questions fall on the way side and we rejoice in the here and now and know this, this place, is just where we were meant to be.

Kara said...

I hear you! Yes, and thank you for the poem, it's beautiful. I find one of the hardest things is to surrender to what is and let the Lord work. I always want to go back to...what if?