(Part 2 of a 3-part series.)
It was a terrible day.
It was the last day of school and three of our children were leaving. They were all going to good situations, but it was still difficult for different reasons. One of them, we had bonded with even though she had only been with us a short time. But that last day she pulled away – she got in trouble on the last day of school and she didn’t leave on good terms. That was so hard considering those circumstances and it made for a stormy afternoon.
Then two boys left who we had really grown to love as our own. (Thankfully we still have very close contact with them today!) We would miss them. Both situations were just too much to endure in one day. We rested in the fact that we would at least have some time to grieve and pray over those three empty beds.
That’s not exactly what happened.
No sooner had these three left – we received a call that two preschooler’s would be arriving within the hour. These two boys would fill the beds of the two who left; a three and a one year old. We were not emotionally prepared to receive them, but God had us ready anyway.
It’s funny how some of the worst moments turn out to be so much more than what we can see. These two boys became so very special to us. My wife really bonded with the baby and the other one had this smile and laugh that just exploded. He and our other three year old were like “two peas in a pod.”
Out of ashes God can bring something beautiful. He usually does too. It’s part of His nature. He is Love. He thrives on taking dead things and raising them to life. Every time our heart broke for our kids, He put it back together and made something new.
We of course never forgot those three who left; we grieved our parting in a different timeframe. He filled our hearts and gave us the capacity to love the two who arrived, even though we weren’t ready to do so.
God’s timing is perfect and He never fails! It was a terrible day…but He turned it into something beautiful!
Whatever terrible thing or situation you might be experiencing today – remember that God has the capacity and desire to make it into something beautiful…Just watch!
By Randall Jeffrey