Seventy miles south of their home, a young girl wept. She had recently found a relationship with Jesus Christ and refused to endure a third abortion. A life half lived; full of abuse and neglect had been her portion. An uncertain future loomed ahead and the girl cried out to the Lord. In His goodness, He showed her Isaiah 43:1, “I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are mine.”
Meanwhile, the Dixon family had completed their home study a year before. They had decorated a lovely nursery that continued to sit empty. The years of fertility treatments had taken their emotional toll on the couple. It would have been easy to slip into anger and resentment.
All around them, friends were getting pregnant and having beautiful healthy babies. Arlene had become an expert in picking out baby shower gifts. She kept an encouragement in her purse, that she brought out whenever life became overwhelming. Psalm 25:4 “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
The young girl found out about Lifetime Adoption through the Yellow Pages. God drew her eye to their Ad and she made the call. Within a few minutes, the girl felt at peace. She had found the answer she had been praying for.
Frank and Arlene knew that God understood their pain and their dreams. They knew that the Lord would reward their patience with peace to heal their hurts and wait for God’s timing. Seldom do our expectations and God’s timing align. Either we are ahead of the plan or lagging behind. The Dixons were mature in their faith and knew enough to let go of the control.
When the call came in that they had been chosen their shouts of joy were heard by the neighbors. “Is everything OK over there? “ They inquired over the fence.
“Fine. Wonderful!” They called back, through happy tears.
Throughout the process, it would have been easy to give up. There were many temptations to forget the idea of parenthood and concentrate on their careers, new cars and fun vacations. However, God had a greater plan. The young pregnant girl was looking for a couple just like them. She needed them and they needed her. The baby was meant to be loved by all of them. There was a new beginning in store for the girl and a wonderful life planned for her baby.
Sometimes, we can get so wrapped up in how we think things should go, that we hang on to control, when we should be leaning on God! Love never fails. God does answer our prayers. If we let Him, our Heavenly Father will exceed our greatest expectations. He is our reason for Hope. By the way, the Dixons named their new baby daughter Hope; a living testament to a life lived in the shadow of a compassionate Savior.