Here is a beautiful story I read online. It’s message went straight to my heart, it immediately made me think of my Isabelle. For those of you who don’t know, she was recently diagnosed with Autism. We do not agree with this, in fact no one who has spent any amount of time with Isabelle agrees with this. Since her diagnosis we have met with several specialists who agree that she is just a little girl with some significant delays. I have written an update for her site where I describe this all in more detail and, if you’d like, you can read it here. For now, her prognosis is unsure. She needs therapy, lots of it. She will need to attend a special needs preschool in the fall. She may have needs we worry that we can not fill. But what we have always known in our hearts is that God chose Isabelle for our family. To be our precious and beloved daughter. And that she is. Just the way she is. She has added to our lives in a way we never expected. When He created Isabelle He knew what He was doing. She is fearfully and wonderfully made. Perfectly made. Thank You Lord, for this child.
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream, “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.” The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?”
“That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.”
“For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate our table.
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace our house.”