1 Corinthians 12:11
It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
Thought for the Day: No preparation can prepare us for God’s gifts.
My husband and I awoke very early after an evening of going from one friend’s house to another collecting baby items. As we awoke, we knew that our social worker would be coming with our new baby at 2:00 in the afternoon. What anticipation we had in those early morning hours and what preparations we still had to do before he arrived. Earlier in the process to adopt this little one, we were advised not to prepare too much by decorating a room or purchasing a lot of items as adoptions sometimes fall through at the last minute. So we followed that advice and did nothing about decorating a nursery and only purchased items that we had to buy new. But, we did talk to many friends who had small children and they prepared items to let us use in the early weeks and months of our baby’s life. Those were the items we picked up the night before. So, the morning of his arrival came and we diligently worked. Then, it happened, all of those thoughts of finishing the preparations were pushed aside as we received a call from our social worker at 10:00 saying she would be there by 11:00. Oh my!
Our anticipation went to pure panic as we realized that we would not finish everything on our list before the arrival of our baby. But as the time came closer, our hearts beat faster and our excitement grew more intense. “Our baby was coming!” As the time came close, Mark went to the door to wait and I grabbed the little white afghan I had crocheted for “the baby God would send”. When the social worker’s car drove in the driveway I ran as fast as I could to get the first glimpse of our little guy. When I saw his precious face as he sat in the baby seat, my heart grew about double in size as I saw that precious gift from God. Mark and I stared at him for a minute, then I opened the door. I wrapped him in the afghan and picked him up to bring him into the house. I walked so carefully as if I was holding the most delicate gift I had ever been given….and I was, I was holding the most precious gift ever given. When we got inside the house, we opened the “gift” and saw the most beautiful baby boy we had ever seen. Our Nathaniel Wesley Locke had arrived.
As I reflect on this day, I think about all the preparations we make as we go through our daily lives in anticipation of things to come. We plan and then we check off things on our list that need to happen. But then God’s gift is given and we realize that it doesn’t matter what preparations we make, God is going to give us our gifts no matter what preparations are complete and it is going to be perfect. At this point, this very early point on the twelfth anniversary of my baby’s “Gotcha Day”, I do not remember the rest of the list that was not done that morning. I remember that first glimpse, that very special first glimpse of that baby that God had given us. Nathaniel, “Gift from God”.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for knowing better than us what we need and what gifts you have in mind for us. Help us to make our lists, but to make our lists placing You at the very top. You are gracious, God, and You are awesome as You give us the gifts that You plan for us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: ADOPTIVE PARENTS