Monday, October 1, 2012

The Yellow House

There is a developmentally disabled girl who came to her job site filled with excitement. She was moving, and she was going to live in a yellow house. None of her caregivers understood what this was all about. She wasn't moving. But she was so excited, and she was so adamant, and she kept talking about the yellow house.

Someone remembered back when her parents had died. She dealt with the loss of her parents by deciding that they had gone to a truly wondrous place called heaven, and although no one had talked about "In my Father's house, there are many mansions," she seemed to understand it somehow anyway. She told everyone that Jesus had built her parents a beautiful yellow house, and that they were together in heaven, living in their brand new yellow house.

The whispering began. 'You don't suppose that she's talking about THAT yellow house?' It couldn't be, not really, but it was kind of a startling coincidence, hey?

Except that within a few weeks, our friend was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, an untreatable cancer, one that I personally had never heard of before.

She's gone now. Just that quick, she was gone, but she was so excited to be going, that really, it was hard to be sad about it. She wanted desperately to go to heaven and live with her parents once again, all of them happy in the beautiful yellow house that Jesus had built with his own two hands.

This is what I know: this girl was profoundly disabled, but God drew close to her. I knew this girl personally, and this is why I believe that my work allows me to come in close contact with His holiness every single day. In each one of these individuals, I see God at work.


Anonymous said...

A lovely story Deb, and one that makes you wonder about another kind of 'sight'. One could only be happy for her.

Like others, and of course you, I am waiting with bated breath for news of what will come about for you in the near future. Hope it all works out for you.

I was also so very pleased for you all about Brittani's great news. What a great memory for their proposal. Congratulations to the happy couple. It's happening all around.

Mikey said...

That is a profound story and one that will stick with me for a long time. God is glorious and you got a glimpse of it :) Thanks for sharing it with us.

Anonymous said...

That special story you shared with us has really borught tears to my eyes! You truly did witness something divne.Debbie L.

Kelly said...

Such a moving story, Debby.

Mary said...

That is the kind of all too rare story that stops your breath for just a second and your heart skips a beat and the goosebumps appear involuntarily... It's the touch of God that we - racing through the day - miss. But He is all around us and certainly present in your life and work, Debby. Thanks for stopping my breath today..

Bob said...

Amen and amen.