"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families; he leads the prisoners forth with singing." (Ps. 68:5-6a)
This has been such an incredibly moving day. For the last week I've been following the story of the BRESMA orphans in Haiti. (I will not undertake to write out the whole thing, but you can find their story by searching online.) Last night and into this morning they were rescued. The BRESMA orphans and their caretakers have been in my thoughts pretty much non-stop for the last week. Like so many others, I've just been begging God to save these innocent children. Words can't begin tell you how much joy overflowed from my heart to see the video of them getting off the plane on American soil. Now they will go to the families who were already waiting to bring them home, no longer to be called orphans. What a beautiful and sacred thing. (Go here and here and you will know my joy.)
I know there is still an unfathomable amount of needs in Haiti, but I think if I don't stop and celebrate the victories then I will lose heart.
It looks like my friends Debra and Jamie will probably have their boys home soon. Praise the Lord! That is such a miracle in the midst of a tragic situation. The earthquake could have delayed their adoptions for years, but instead they are coming home sooner. My little heart is doing back flips.
Debra's family is now suddenly in need of a bigger vehicle - one for two adults and four kiddos. (Their youngest is just four weeks old. Can you imagine going through all of this in your post-partum weeks? Seriously.) Ronel's adoption was not even close to the end, so they are delightfully surprised by this news. Join me in praying for God to wildly provide for every single need they have. Personally, I'm praying really big, like that someone will just give them a great SUV.
Our God is good, friends. He is mighty and good. One day we will understand why things happen the way they do, but until then we put our faith in who He is and not what He does. And sometimes - a lot of times if we're looking closely - we get to see miracles.
"For nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1:37)