Now that we are officially on the wait list, I realized the other day that our baby is probably busy growing inside of his/her mommy's belly...either just getting started...or close to making his/her entry into this world. Is it just me or is that crazy to think about?
One person that often gets misunderstood or neglected in the adoption process is the birth mom. If you've ever been pregnant you know what it's like to have a tiny human growing inside of you. It's a miracle, it's incredible, it's precious, it's life-changing. And if you've watched someone close to you go through a pregnancy then you've seen them experience all of this and you've experienced it with them.
Well there is a mom out there, in Ethiopia, growing a precious life inside of her right now and my heart breaks for what she is going to experience over the course of this next year. I don't know her circumstances or her specific situation, but God knows and He cares just as much about her life as He does mine and as He does that little baby's. So I pray for her and this is my prayer...
Precious Heavenly Father.....
There's a mom out there right now who is carrying life inside of her that will someday be my little child. I don't know who she is but I lift her up to you. I ask you to watch over her, care for her and show her your love.
Maybe she's young and experiencing shame over her pregnancy and battling with the knowledge that she has no choice but to give up this child that is growing inside of her. Her heart aches with confusion, pain and sorrow as she carries this burden everyday. Lord, be her Comforter...comfort her heart, be her strength, guide her in your paths.
Maybe she's sick and fighting for her own life, let alone the life of this young one inside of her. Maybe she has no access to medical care and she lies alone in a poor, mud house with no one to care for her or heal her hurts and show her love. Lord, be her Great Physician....care for her physical body, ease her pain, bring her help. Let her know she is loved.
Maybe she doesn't know you Lord and she's living a life of sin and fear. Please make yourself known to her. Draw her near to you. Show her your salvation...show her there is a God who is in control and who cares about her life. Show her that you are knitting together that tiny baby in her womb and that you know all of the intimate details of her life. I pray she would find redemption, healing and love in your arms.
Maybe she is poor...so poor she can't even feed the little mouths that are already in her house. She rummages for scraps everyday and comes home to crying, hungry bellies but she has nothing to give them and so she sings away their pangs of hunger as she rocks them to sleep and lays them down on a dirt floor, to rest their heads without a pillow and their bellies without food for yet another night. Lord, be her Provider....honor her sacrifice, bring her help, wrap her momma-heart in your arms and comfort her aching heart.
Lord, I don't know any of the specifics of her life. But I know that over this next year she is going to go through pain...pain I will never understand. Pain of giving up a child she gave birth to or pain of dying, helplessly, knowing she will never care for this life that she has produced. My heart can't even begin to understand how her heart aches and how it will hurt and what she will experience. But I know that you understand...you're there...you're sovereign even over this.
Thank you for her life. Thank you for her decision to choose life. Thank you that through the pain and the suffering you will make something beautiful because your Word says you make all things beautiful. Thank you that you can make broken things whole. Thank you that even though things don't always make sense to us and they hurt so deeply, you are in control and you know what is best.
Please watch over her and protect that precious life inside of her. I pray that somehow, some way, she will know how grateful I am to her and for the child our hearts will share.
In Your Son's Precious Name,
Would you please cover our child's birth mom in prayer as you think of it?
On a side note: We are leaving town through the end of the week so I won't be on here to post the rest of this week. Have a blessed week!
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