Thursday, December 03, 2009

By Grand Design

I received this email this morning that beats anything I was thinking about writing today. This is from Drue, a friend I know from church:

"This past Monday, Nov. 30, we sent an email to our case worker at Covenant Care Adoption Services because we just hadn't heard anything from them in a couple of months. We were curious if they had forgotten about us :) Our case worker, Connie, returned our phone call this evening. Connie was amazed at the timing of our email because she was planning to contact us early this week (on Tuesday, Dec. 1) to let us know that we had been chosen by a birth mom to adopt her new born baby boy!

A little boy was born a week ago on Monday, Nov. 23. He weighed 8 lbs 15 oz and is 21 inches long. Both of his birth parents are African American. His mom is 31 years old and has 3 children (ages 12, 10, and 19 months). His dad is a single father with full custody of 3 children. His mom and dad are not together. Apparently, they knew each other in high school, had recently gotten intimately involved after years apart, and as a result, became pregnant.

This part of the story is incredible. The mom had seriously considered having an abortion. One day, while she was considering this decision, her 19 month old child (younger at the time) brought the phone book in and dropped it on to her lap. The phone book opened to the very page with the listing for "Covenant Care Adoption Services". The mom took notice of that, called Covenant Care, and immediately felt like this was a clear confirmation that God's plan for her was to make a plan of adoption for her child.

We are driving 1 1/2 hours south to Macon THIS Thursday (Dec. 3) to pick up our new little baby boy. We have decided to name him Micah Drue. We'll call him Micah. We have always loved the scripture verse from Micah 6:8 that reads, "He has showed you, O man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." That will be our prayer for Micah. On another interesting note, Micah is the Old Testament prophet who prophecied (600 years before the birth of Christ) that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.

Needless to say, we're in a state of exhuberant shock and can't wait to pick up Micah on Thursday afternoon at 2pm. He has been cared for by one of several couples that volunteers by keeping newborn babies (who are being adopted) during the 10 day window when the birth parents are legally able to change their minds. Covenant Care most often waits to turn the baby over to the adoptive parents until after that 10 day window passes. In our case, the volunteer couple keeping Micah is going out of town on Friday, and asked if it would be ok for us to come get him on Thursday. Covenant Care has talked with Micah's birth mom and birth father face to face and has confirmed that they are confident in their adoption decision. So, we'll have him during the final 24 hours in which his birth parents could technically reverse their decision. However, we feel confident that all will be fine. Pray for us if you think of us. He'll be all ours on Friday, Nov. 4 at midnight.

Grace, our 4 year old, was VERY excited when we told her that she was going to have a baby brother! It's going to be fun watching her care for baby Micah. We are amazed at God's goodness throughout this whole process. God has provided all of the funds needed (through friends like you), He has orchestrated PERFECT timing, and He has provided us with a healthy baby boy. We are thrilled!"

Wow, just as Paul Young said a month ago, God is in the details!

1 comment:

Ginny said...

So beautiful...God at work...blessings overflowing...