On our ride back from a San Diego weekend that glistened with joy, the love of family, and the closeness of friends, I carefully pulled my Bible with its broken binding out of the red tote bag and read the day’s Scripture to our family. It seems the only time we do this though, is when we are tucked in our car together on long trips where no one can escape.
That Monday, June 16, was our oldest son Tim’s birthday. With anticipation I flipped to the day’s reading and almost gasped. The timing was more than uncanny. It had
Baby Tim with Daddy
the hand of God written all over it. I read the short meditation from James 1:27. “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble.”
Our son is adopted. We took him home from the hospital when he was two days old and cradled him in our arms ever since. How was it that I unknowingly read the words God had planted in “Our Daily Bread” devotional for that day? I don’t read the devotional daily like I should but God knew I would that day. And He planned to speak straight to our son’s heart as well as ours.
I flipped open my Bible to the entire reading from James 1:27 through 2:1 while hubby steadily drove down the interstate highway. When I finished, I started the devotional but my words choked off. It talked about a young man who was part of a high school team that visited orphanages and the trip had stirred sensitive memories for him.
My mind was whirring with wonderment at how this would affect Tim. Should I stop? Truth was I could hardly speak anyway. But I haltingly made it through the description. The young man being described was questioned about what upset him and he revealed that 10 years before this, he had been in an orphanage himself. He had seen visitors come and go but he always remained after the visitors left. Never adopted until a special woman came along and made him her forever son .
The story continues, relating how the teenagers prayed over this young man, thanking God for the woman who loved him. Who committed her life to giving his life new meaning.
Adopted children carry a sense of rejection despite the love they are given by their new parents so I pondered what feelings this story would stir in our son.
When I found my voice through the tears, I said to Tim, “Wasn’t this amazing that God had this devotional written so it would appear on your birthday? How significant is that?”
We continued zooming down the interstate. A peaceful silence rested upon us as we contemplated God’s wondrous works.
What signs has God given you where you have witnessed Him do the unbelievable in your life?
From My Heart To Yours,
Linking with: Word-Filled Wednesday, Three Word Wednesday, Winsome Wednesday, The Friday Five, Essential Fridays, Tell Me A True Story, Monday Musings, Soli Deo Gloria