Thursday, March 18, 2010
Gladness for Mourning
I must think on those words, and trust that the LORD will give what His word promises. Today's news was not good.
Caleb had been told that his training would be in King's Bay, so close to home. So, I've been thinking, only 4 more weeks, and Caleb will be back in Georgia.
We received a letter today. He learned last week that he will leave Great Lakes and go directly to Connecticut.
He learned that, alone in IL, unable to call home, and had to wait for 3 days to even mail and letter to discuss his disappointment with his family....
Nothing like a sad photo to make you feel worse, huh? Well, I wanted you to see what I feel, and of all of the photos on my memory card, that one of Casie and Caleb's last moment at the airport could best show my aching heart.
It took me hours....
But, I finally am allowing Jesus to comfort me. Here is what I have just finished writing to Caleb:
I’m so glad you wrote that you know God has a plan. That’s what His word says you know in Jeremiah 29:11—“For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Hold fast, Caleb, God has plans for you….and his plan is for you to have hope and peace.
And, on the way home, after I read your letter, someone on the radio quoted this scripture from Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him…” Trust in Him, Caleb…and allow him to fill you with peace. Don’t let the enemy rob you of joy.
These will be my prayers for you, as I continue to pray for your strength, for you to know God has a plan for you to have hope and peace….and that you will TRUST Him….
And, in the midst of my mourning, I am so thankful God gives me gladness. While he knew there were two precious girls in China who needed a family, He knew there was a Mama in America who was going to need these two precious girls to get through moments when her heart was aching. I'm so glad he gave me these priceless moments this past week.
Picnicing in the park with other adoptive families....
And, supper with the Stretch family again...when I got to watch Stan bonding with Lily Kay....
And, a visit from my great-niece...who looks like her Aunt Robbie. :)
This weekend, we will visit Brandon at UGA. His birthday is Saturday. I will spend time with the LORD, and enjoy my blessings. Please pray for me, for Stan, for Casie, and especially for Caleb. Pray that we will trust in the God of all Hope, that we will feel his peace, and trust His plan.