It’s been an eventful two weeks in the lives of this Delaware Grammy and her family. There have been incredible answers to prayer, as well as challenging things to countenance.
Two weeks ago today (Tuesday, October 2nd) we had a mind-boggling answer to prayer when there was a meeting in Ohio regarding the life plans for our foster grandbaby, “BabySweete.” Five times, she was to be placed in a kinship placement, and five times the plan was changed. That morning, as I was praying, I felt an incredible sense of peace as I thought about the coming meeting. (What is there about Tuesday morning prayer times? If you read my post from September 28th, there was another momentous prayer time when I did NOT feel exactly peaceful! But this time it was different.)
“Lord Jesus,” I wrote in my prayer journal, “Now it’s Tuesday and I do not feel panic, and for that, I praise you. You are the God who cares, who knows. You are the God who sees and oversees. You are the God who controls and reigns and is the Blessed, Highest Authority– And you will do what is right, in your way and in your time. May all of us who love BabySweete hold onto that reality. We do not know the future — but that doesn’t keep us from loving now! And so we beg, we entreat, we pray for your Holy Spirit to be present in the room today where strangers to BabySweete will determine her life course. May we not see it as “strangers” but rather a team of people, gathering with factual information, directed by an Unseen Force. May we see it as where decisions will be made that will be best for BabySweete, as well as her whole family, Lord Jesus. Thank you that you are a big enough and wise enough God that what is best for BabySweete will not contradict what is best for everyone concerned. How very much we need you today!”
The morning passed, and there finally was a text from our daughter in law, Regina. I was in the kitchen, freezing beans or something or other when this text came through:
“They are keeping BabySweete with us and filing for permanent custody!”
What a flood of relief and delight swept over me as I shrieked and laughed and cried and even might have done some dancing! I was too happy to think straight! And no, this isn’t the end pf the conflict, but it certainly is a good beginning place for Raph and Gina. Our collective family continues to PRAY, and that is still a “Best Gift!”
The story grows long, and I’m very sleepy. I’m going to bed. So this is segment one of my birthday musings, and I will add more later!