“I remain confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8
“for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whose I formed for myself, that they might declare my praise.” Isaiah 43:21
We flew to AZ again last weekend. We were matched with a beautiful baby girl, already born, whose birth parents we talked with on the phone, whose picture we poured over, studying every detail of her sweet face and soft curls, while we booked flights in an instant, asked for maternity/paternity leave, and drove across the desert. In the end, she was taken into custody of the state with no hope of reunification with her birth parents. Pray that God would give her a quick path to permanency through a loving foster family. Pray for her birth parents and for a situation that looks like there is not a speck of light in, that God would break chains and pour His light.
While we were there, we were also matched with a (third) situation with a baby being born that same day we arrived. In the end, they changed their minds from not wanting to see the baby to deciding to parent. Pray for this family and that their baby will be loved, cherished, celebrated.
As we were packing up to fly home yet again with an empty car seat, Jay said “God led the Israelites out of Egypt in an roundabout route so they would know war.” YES. Every second of this last weekend was SPIRITUAL WAR for two tiny newborn souls. We know war. We know God is good. Three failed matches has made God feel bigger. Praise be to Him.
***Also, the desert is hot in the summer. 115 real temperature. And we drove through the Arizona side of the Joshua Tree forest. Special thanks to my mama for hoping on a plane in a split second to help us.