If you saw the movie Facing the Giants, you might remember a scene near the end when Coach Grant finds out he’s going to be a father. He had just turned a potluck football team into state champions by teaching them to honor God in everything. He’d been given a brand new truck and a raise, and watched several of his players become committed followers of God. Then his wife told him he had made the Daddy team. Raking his fingers through his hair, tears welled up as he admitted to God that he was overwhelmed.
I know exactly how that feels.
Just a couple of months ago, I felt too bad to even consider making a week-long trip to Disney World with a 3-year old and a 5-year old while my daughter, son-in-law, and oldest grandson traveled to China to adopt Benjamin. But God … God decided to bless me with instant relief from my rheumatoid arthritis that had gotten the absolute best of me. (If you missed that story, click here.) Ron, the two youngest, and I optimistically ventured toward Disney World. I am now able to declare when God decides to do something, He does it right! I felt great and we had a blast!
But that’s not even the best part! After hearing Jennifer describe some of the things our little fellow might go through as he adjusts to his new family, I asked several friends and family members to join me in praying that God would give Benjamin a vision of Jim and Jennifer as he slept in order to lessen his fears. After just two days in Jim and Jennifer’s care they went back to the orphanage to say goodbye. This part of the process helps the children realize that their adoptive parents are now the ones who will care for them and never leave. Not only was he unafraid, but he held tightly to Jennifer refusing to return to the outstretched hands of his former caregivers. When God decides to do something, he does it right!
Thank you so much in partnering with us in prayer on his behalf. We will finally meet Benjamin Thursday afternoon, so please continue to pray for their safe travel. Since my mind is a little scattered this week I just wanted to share a video I put together for their homecoming. If you listen to Christian radio you know the song I used. It’s become one of my favorites. Take a listen and you’ll see why. Thank you again for your loving support. May we all recognize God’s hand at work and become more and more overwhelmed by His love. Together, we’ll form a mighty chorus that sings His praises from the rooftops!!