At one point, he said "but why did they do it?" Fully assuming he was asking about the surgery yesterday, I went into 8 year old detail on what happened to the implant and why it was very important that it needed to come out.
He let me go through everything then stopped and said "no...not that. Why did they do it in the beginning?" Ohhhh. That.
So I went into detail about when he was born with the cleft lip and palate...he was also born with a hole in his gums (jaw). And how they need to take bone from his hip to patch the hole.
Again he listened to me ramble on and then said "no...by why does it need to be changed? That's my point. The hole. I loved that."
Honestly...it immediately had such a powerful application that I simply pulled him into a hug. Yes there's an answer...but to him...there's a question.
And I got it.
It's all he ever knew. It was a part of just who he was. He was born with it. Why did it need to be changed anyway...? I saw into his heart...and it was real simple: "you could have avoided all of this. Everything that happened...was because you are trying to change it and patch the hole. Why? I liked it."
As I hugged him...I got it.
I saw the bigger picture. He can't see it. But I can. And you can. You are probably baffled right now at how an 8 year old, brilliant boy...would even consider not wanting a huge hole in the very visible part of his mouth... fixed.
God sees the end from the beginning. And He puts us through the fire...with an end product all planned out. Yet we see the fire. We see the pain. We see the process. And honestly...we don't get it. We like the way things are. The way we are. It's all we've ever known. Why the pain? Can't you save us some of that...? Especially since...we like the way it is.
And God is going "ooohhh no. No, no. See ... the way it is...isn't going to work. Yah...I know it's all you've ever known...but trust Me...I have something SOOOO much better. This pain and stuff you are going through in order to get there...? Well...you'll see. You'll see. I promise you...it's worth it."
But maybe instead of the eye roll and the lecture of how short sighted we are...and the laugh out of the corner of His mouth...maybe...just like I did with my son today...He just pulls us into a hug.
"It's ok. The answer can wait. Right now...I get it. To you...right now...you just don't see what I see. But someday...you'll see."
All that's how it ended with Azlan today. There is a bigger picture. We all see it.
Why the hassle...? Why does it need to be changed...? He likes it perfectly the way it is.
But we know...we know there is much better. There is not an ounce of hesitation on our part whether we should proceed or not.
We know with the pain, the set back, the recovery, the risks....the everything that comes along with this path...we know the end result...is so far....so very far...beyond where he is today.
And...just like that....so does God.
Azlan was so sincere. It was so heart felt. I wished he had asked me days and days ago...because this was clearly the deep question that he was baffled by all we were putting him through...in his mind...for what? Why does it need to be changed?
And so will you. You'll see how it had purpose. How the comfort you found yourself in before it all began...how there was so much more for you. And you'll look back...just like Azlan will....and go..."ohhhh. Now I get it. Now I see."