We chatted about the kids and school and what we were doing these days :), and in the course of conversation, I shared that one of our daughters had learning difficulties.
Her response was a very genuine, I am so sorry.
And I wasn't quite sure what to say.
I knew her heart, and the intention behind the statement, but something in me resisted. I acknowledged that it had not been easy, shared the short short version of the story. And it can be hard, and sometimes it still hurts, but... I can't say I'm sorry.
I was a bit flustered, I admit. And I think, in hindsight, I would respond differently.....
Here is my unsightly tomato patch. It is presently full of thistles and weeds because of an undeclared resistance to weeding during the hottest, craziest, busiest months of the year (aka. summer holidays!!).
It is not beautiful, but it yields fruit (or veggies, still not sure where the argument sits on that!).
And woven through all this tangle of green and life and growth is Glory - a morning glory in fact; an unpredicted gift that has been fun to watch. And sometimes life is a bit messy. It is not simple. There are things that could be different, but aren't. But doesn't His Glory shine more brightly because of it!?
I think so.
I will speak of the hard stuff.
And I will cling tightly to what is good.
And I'm not sorry.
Because, if knowing her means knowing how to learn differently, then I'd do it all again in a heart beat.
And if knowing this journey means knowing our Jesus more intimately, then I wouldn't hesitate a single second.
Because in the end, His Glory is there, creating a life meant to be shared with others.