Today we celebrate 4 years since the start of this story with our precious gift Colt!
Colt, our preacher, singer, dancer, magician, mischievous cookie thief with contagious joy and love, has already touched the lives of more than some people do in a life time. We loved him before we knew any of that because of what we knew about God. But we didn’t believe those truths like we should.
We knew every individual is wonderfully made in the image of God deserving of equal love, life and respect.
We knew that what the world defines as success: fame, beauty, talent, wealth, popularity, comfort and ease, never leads to true joy and more often leaves those that achieve them empty and seeking more.
As the hymn says, our “worth is not in skill or name, in win or lose, in pride or shame But in the blood of Christ that flowed At the cross”.
But every time we looked at a child with different abilities with a bit of sadness instead of celebrating those differences and seeing the gift in them or feared having a child that was considered different instead of realizing what it really means to believe that God doesn’t make mistakes, we have shown our weak faith. We placed a value on an individual based on the world’s ever changing, conditional, ranking system instead of showing Christ’s unconditional love and trust in His sovereign plan.
God used Colt to open our eyes to this weakness. He strengthened our faith in His perfect plans replacing fear with courage in celebration of unique differences, knowing that they are for His glory.
In doing so, God used Colt to lead us to Nic, an orphan across the ocean whom He loved unconditionally and knew would need us, long before either boys were even a thought to us.
I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes of this story or what lies ahead, but if the first four years are any indication as to what’s to come, God has a lot more to accomplish through one little boy, who happens to have an extra chromosome.
Oh how we love him and how grateful we are to be a part of this story and to share it with all of you! Thank you for celebrating!