"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." Ephesians 3:30
It never fails that when I least expect it, God takes something that I've been praying for and blows me away with His better than I ever imagined answer.
This is my Heather. For several months I have been praying specifically for God to place us in each other's paths. Heather is a busy Mom with a career outside of the home. She works weekends; I work during the week. We love her and her sweet family to pieces and I was really, really missing her. My nest may have fewer birdies in it these days, but I miss my girls everyday. Sometimes a mama just needs to touch her kids, you know? Heather lives fairly close to us, and it has been a shame not to get to hug her neck very often. I knew if I prayed about it that somehow we would bump into each other a little more.
Separately I had been praying for some specific things for our Kendra girl. I wanted her to attend a Mother's Morning Out type preschool where she could enjoy some social interaction without the full day of a daycare. I specifically wanted the Lord to show me where to send her, but more importantly to me, I wanted Kendra to be in a class with a brown skinned baby with a white Mama. I'm going to be honest here, there isn't a wealth of brown skinned babies with white Mamas around these parts.
You see where this is going?
A few weeks ago I was sorting through church preschool programs and kept coming back to the same one over and over. I was really busy at the time and didn't have time to go by the school to register for the Fall. In the meantime, Heather sends me a message asking me to help her choose between two preschools for her little one. One of those just happened to be the same one I had selected for Kendra. As soon as she asked me for my opinion God connected the dots in my mind and I realized what He had done. Kendra and Heather's youngest son were born the same week. They would be in the same class! I was beside myself excited. Only God could have done this!
Last week, my girl started preschool. I've seen my Heather almost every day over the past week. My girl sits right beside her buddy: the brown-skinned boy with a white Mama. I still shake my head from time to time in disbelief. Only God.
I am so proud of Heather and the many obstacles she has overcome in her life. You can see her physical beauty from her picture, but her inner beauty far exceeds what you see outside. She is a treasure. And this gift He gave me? It's a treasure too.
God is good, all the time!