Saturday, April 28, 2007

Meeting An Angel

There have been many times in my life where I literally feel God's hand on my back. I feel His guidance and His comfort; I can feel Him almost carrying me through the day. The last couple of weeks have been this way. I have seen His hand in our adoption and I have seen His hand in other ways.

Eric was out of town on business when the news arrived that his brother had passed away. Although it wasn't a surprise, it was still a shock. Death always is.

On the plane coming home, Eric sat next to one of God's angels. She noticed Eric seemed sad and asked him about it. As he explained the situation, she was a comfort to him. Then, she was an encourager. She shared her own story of grief.

Five years ago, her husband had a stroke. She tried to care for him at home and did for some time, but eventually had to put him in assisted living. Over the past five years, she has had to watch their life savings dwindle as she continues to pay for his care.

A year after her husband's stroke, her 27 yo son died of a sudden heart attack. A year later, her 21 yo son died in a car accident. Six months later, she, herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her flight with Eric was to come to help her daughter, who had just had surgery for breast cancer too.

I couldn't believe that all these tragedies could happen to one person in just five years! I asked Eric if she seemed normal, sane, still able to function? He said she was a warm and wonderful grandmother type who told him faith is the answer. An angel. Faith keeps her going. Faith keeps her putting one foot in front of the other every day to live life with glory for God. Faith. It truly is the key to overcoming life's difficulties.

This sweet lady was reading a book and she recommended it to Eric. (She even tried to give it to him but Eric knew she hadn't quite finished reading it so he promised her he would buy a copy for himself.) It is called 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death. I can't help but feel God has a message for us in that book. I KNOW God put this woman next to Eric for a reason.

God is watching over us. It is a comfort.

We haven't yet heard anything on our adoption referral. We continue to wait. Although we are anxious to meet our new little one, we know it will happen in God's perfect timing. God is watching over us, and it IS a comfort.

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