Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How Beautiful the Feet

On Monday Charly and I visited Hua Ming An in the hospital. It had been a week since we had last seen him, since the doctor had told us we couldn’t visit every day. Several of the staff from the orphanage were in his room to help him check out of the hospital that day. He would be returning to the orphanage for rehab, after 19 days in the hospital, because the doctors had done all they could for him.

We were encouraged to see him able to eat some rice porridge and to use a straw to drink. They had raised the head of his bed so that he was in more of a sitting position. He wasn’t able to talk or smile. We don’t know if he could hear us. But we held his hands, and we hoped that he knew that we were there. We helped to put his pants and his jacket on. And I noticed a pair of red shoes someone had placed under his bed.

Seeing his shoes reminded me of this verse: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7. NLT)

Over the weekend I was blessed to spend extended time in a nearby city with two special friends on a mini-retreat. We shared our hearts and tears, prayed for one another, and encouraged each other through the Word. We focused on the book of Isaiah and this verse in particular stood out to us:

Have I not proclaimed from ages past what my purposes are for you? You are my witnesses…” (Isaiah 44:8b, NLT)

A timely reminder that God has unique purposes for us. From ages past. To be His witnesses.

Seeing those red shoes on Monday brought a silent prayer in my heart for the fulfillment of God’s purposes for Hua Ming An: “How beautiful are his feet (even though we don’t know if he will walk again) to bring Your good news of peace and salvation. I believe you have a special purpose for Hua Ming An’s life. And You will use this illness for Your glory.”

God’s plan will deeply prosper through him.” (Isaiah 53:10b, MSG)

We don’t know how God’s plans and purposes will unfold in the days and years to come. Only that He has proclaimed them from ages past. And that He has already grafted Ding Yi Fan and Hua Ming An into our family. When Charly and I got home from the hospital on Monday, we had time to talk and pray with Joshua and Jordan. We all felt (including CJ who had communicated his agreement through skype) that there was no way we could possibly say “no” to adopting Hua Ming An, even with the understanding that we might have already seen the extent of his recovery and that he might be dependent on us for the rest of his life. And we made a family decision to send in the acceptance letters, that we had gotten in the mail on Friday, for both Hua Ming An and Ding Yi Fan.

 “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:16a, NIV)

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