Shaped by God
Friday, March 10
Diana Strain, member of RPC since 2000
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. - Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
As soon as the phone call came, I sat there in disbelief. I had spent years wanting nothing more than to be a parent, a mom. After years of infertility, I wasn't sure that was ever going to happen. Then, on a drive back from spending Thanksgiving with family, Charles and I looked at each other and knew that God was calling us to pursue adoption. Now here we were nine months later with a call that would change our lives forever. The agency told us they had a baby for us that would be born in less than two weeks! Our beautiful daughter Bonnie was born on August 27. After all my doubts and worrying, I felt completely humbled, awed, thankful, and repentant. God had performed a miracle in nine short months that by all accounts should have taken years. Apparently my default setting for worrying is strong because just as I was settling into being Bonnie's mom, God gave us another surprise. This time, I would be giving birth to our son Will. In one year, we had gone from a family of two to a family of four.
Here was God, once again, showing me that He had a plan for me, and that it was far better than what I had imagined for myself. He was reminding me, in his amazing way, that I did not need to worry. It is so easy to fall into that pattern of worry when times are stressful and uncertain. However, if I learned nothing else from the way God so miraculously put my family together, I learned that God was in control. He has a plan for each of us that is far greater than anything we can imagine. God is not finished with me yet. He continues to shape me as I parent these two children that He has allowed me to call my daughter and my son, and for that I will always be humbled and grateful.
Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior, thank you for loving me so much that you would take the time to shape me into the person you are calling me to be. Thank you for teaching me that there is no reason to worry when you are in control. Amen.
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