Saturday, October 17, 2009

A New Name Written Down!

I got this email from my mother-in-law and wanted to share it with you all.

Hi Dillon,

Thank you, Dillon, for being my little calling partner. Today I had the privilege of leading one of my patient’s to the Lord because I was able to give out your story about 2 weeks ago. My patient had a stroke. Her daughter was visiting and we were talking about our grandchildren. Her granddaughter was adopted from China so I got to tell her about our China experience and give her your story. Yesterday I talked to her and she hoped she would go to heaven when she died. I asked her if I could share with her how she could KNOW for sure and she said yes so today I went back on my time and got to talk with her and her husband. After going through Scripture she realized she was lost and she said she now believes and asked Jesus to save her. Please ask Daddy and Mommy to pray for her husband as he said he is not saved. I gave him some tracts and marked some Scripture for him to read.

Love and prayers,Grandma K.

What a blessing! I got thinking about how some family and friends have told us that they used to “believe” in God but because of Dillon they don’t anymore. They think Dillon is some sort of proof that God cannot exist. This greatly saddens my heart because the truth is the complete opposite. Dillon is absolute proof of God’s deep love for each of us, he is proof there is a loving God who is reaching out to those who don’t know Him on a personal level yet. I think everyone reading this knows how much I love my precious little son. My heart breaks everyday for the struggles he has to endure, I would give anything to be able to make him well again. I love Dillon with all my heart. But, as much as I love Dillon, his Heavenly Father who created him loves him so much more. Imagine how much it must hurt Him to watch Dillon go through the things he does, yet He allows it.

Why? Why does God allow it? Why does the God who holds the power of the entire universe in his breath allow this to continue? To answer that I ask a question, how many of you have had your life impacted in some way because of Dillon? I know I am not the same person I would have been without Dillon. I have learned so many lessons I can’t even begin to describe them all. I have learned to pray more, I have learned what it means to pray and still trust God, I have learned the meaning of “all things work together for good to them that love God…”, I have learned what it means to see my self as powerless and trust God, etc. How many people have learned one lesson or another because of Dillon? There are at least 4 people who will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord instead of eternity in Hell with Dillon’s life story playing some role in them coming to the cross. In his short three years his life has helped to bring at least four people to Jesus Christ. Are we healthy, fully capable, highly intelligent Christian adults reaching that many for Christ with our lives??

For those who are thinking “poor Dillon” that he has to go through this for others, I disagree with you. Dillon is the richest three year old I know. He has eternal riches unlike any other three year old I personally know. Every time someone grows closer to the Lord, is encouraged, uplifted, challenged, given the gospel, and even saved there are riches being stored up for Dillon in Heaven. I believe Dillon has crowns waiting him in Heaven based on these verses:

2Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Dillon will spend his eternity in Heaven and will have crowns to lay at Jesus’ feet because of the lives he impacts. If you had one child that was dying of leukemia and your other child was a perfect match donor… would you not allow that second child to suffer the pain of donating their bone marrow to save the life of your other child? This is what Dillon is doing; he is suffering in this life because God loves you so much He wants you to grow closer to Him. And for those who are not a child of the King – it shows God’s unsearchable love even more! If you are not a child of the King you are His enemy and God still loves you enough that He is letting one of His own dear precious children suffer so that you might be reconciled to Him. He loves his enemy enough that He allows his child to hurt for the sake of the enemy… how many of us love our enemies like that?

Dillon’s brain injury and severe disabilities do not disprove God, they are quite the opposite. They prove His amazing love for us. He knew Josiah and I would grow and be able to lean on His strength to get through the trials of raising Dillon. He knew it wouldn’t break us, He knew that eventually I would be willing to allow Him to use Dillon in a mighty way. I want Dillon’s life to have eternal purpose by reaching others. I want him to bring people closer to God. The last thing I would want is for people to look at Dillon and think that God doesn’t care since he is allowing this to happen. 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Dillon’s weakness is to show the strength of the Almighty God! To show how God can use something so terrible for good, to show His love for even His enemies. To many doctors and other people Dillon’s life is empty, pointless, and without purpose. Dillon’s life has great purpose, eternal purpose! Maybe Dillon’s life is to help you grow closer to God, to challenge you in some way.

Maybe Dillon’s purpose in life is to turn your heart to God so you will no longer be His enemy…


Melissa said...

That was beautiful Tiffany.

sbcjr said...

This is awesome. Would you mind if I shared it on Fruitiply?

valerieschnarr said...

that was great, my life has changed because of Dillon in many ways too. hug and kiss both boys for me

WilxFamily said...

Another soul saved!

Dillon has made a huge impact on our life. Seeing your family so faithful, and joyful, seeking the Lord in all they do is such a testimony.

Alesha said...

Tiffany, thank you! These words are so true.

I will be linking to your site from Facebook, so if you see new visitors, that's why.

I'm praying that some who know my Isaac and wonder how a loving God could allow his life to be much like Dillon's, will come and read your post.

Thank you for using God's Word to explain God's work! The Scripture holds every answer, as you have so beautifully shown with this post.

Much love,

Jem said...

I see Dillon as God's little missionary. We can look through the scriptures as to Joseph or Daniel and see how God works through adversity; "He meant it for good". My God is good through his strength (support). I know its hard to imagine if Dillon was any different and those now saved soul wouldn't be touched.