Monday, December 13, 2010

Holding Her

Lately, it's been on my mind a lot. The children .... who wait. Sometimes it hits me most when I hug her ... sweet Arsema (Maleah) .... our youngest. I think of all the children we saw in her homeland ... with no one to hug them. I think about what it would be like ... if she were still waiting.

I think of all that God did for her in her short little life. How he led her birthmom to a place that could provide the medicine she needed ... something her young momma could not. I think of the caregivers who helped sustain her in the orphanage.

If you saw my daughter today, you'd never know that was her beginning. You wouldn't know that at nine months old she couldn't bear weight on her legs. So many children wait ... with needs that can be met ... if we will only care. I shudder to think if I had ignored the Lord when He was stirring in my heart about this child. There were so many reasons to just brush it off as nothing. One look at the bank account or our income and you'd see a big word IMPOSSIBLE flash through the sky with lightening. ;) Seriously.

Oh how I had to work to gain this wee-one's trust. So now when she comes through the house looking for me and reaches up to give me a huge hug, I don't take it for granted. And sometimes it just hits me so deeply .... the reminder of all the other children waiting. These kids aren't just a statistic. They are real live people ... each with a story ... each with glorious potential.

As you hug your children today ... will you be brave enough to stop and think of all of the ones who have no one to hug?

1 comment:

  1. This is a beautiful statement. You have beautiful girls. God has blessed you so much. I think a lot about those children with no arms to hold them. Sometimes I feel so guilty that my children have a mom and dad to care for them, and so many others do not. I think most people avoid the thoughts because it is so sad. Including me.