35 As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 36 Hearing a crowd passing by, he inquired what was happening. 37 “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by,” they told him. 38 So he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! ” 39 Then those in front told him to keep quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to him. When he came closer, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” he said, “I want to see.” 42 “Receive your sight.” Jesus told him. “Your faith has saved you.” 43 Instantly he could see, and he began to follow him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
My right arm and hand were numb as I lay in the hospital bed. The painful tingling that accompanies the “falling asleep” phase had come and gone. If I didn’t move my arm soon, I was going to regret allowing it to become so depraved of blood flow. But the voice of my mother came to me like an echo in her absence, “Never wake a sleeping baby.” My daughter was peacefully and firmly tucked into the nook of my arm, and I dared not breathe for fear of waking her. She had the cutest dimple in her left cheek. Her beautiful silky strands of dark hair rivaled the pink rosy cheeks only newborn babies seem to have. She was barely three days old.
My left arm and hand were also falling asleep, because they too held a beautiful baby girl. She too had a dimple in her left cheek and black silky hair. She too was fast asleep from the strain of the last few days, cradled in the nook of my left arm.
So there I lay, barely breathing, hoping not to wake anyone. One baby girl just three days old—and the other baby girl, nineteen years of age: one baby, one birth mother, and me, the adoptive mom (for the third time). I was holding them both as they slept in a hospital, far away from anyone I knew. All I could think was, “How in the world did I get here?”
But I knew how I had come to this place. This was God’s design for my life, and the beauty of it was astounding. There were many years when I would have given anything to hear what the blind man in today’s Scripture heard Jesus say, “What do you want me to do for you?” I wanted a baby.
However, I would have missed the intimacy and total dependence on my Savior that comes through adoption. Like the blind man, I was allowed to cry out to a Savior over and over again. I was graced with His call to me and the privilege of following after Him, praising His name. The drive to write my own story was buried. The realization that it is God’s story and He included me in it was life changing.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Read Ephesians 2:4-10. According to this passage, what affection preceded God’s actions?
- What did God do for those He called so they might walk in what He called them to do?
Pray for local partner ministry The Path Project, as they provide food and after school programming for school age children. Pray for their leadership and for the families they serve in Franklin.