3.16.2011

The Whispers of God

Jesus is a fork in the road.  We either go with him or against him.  The closer I am to Him…the more painful it may be.  When you come to a fork in the road, you are faced with a decision to choose. 
For Michael and me, adoption was like a fork in the road…we could either stay on the course we were headed which was, for the most part, a life of comfort and predictability…OR we could listen to the whispers of God that would take us out of our comfort zone and require huge leaps of faith. 
For a long time, we tried to keep one foot in each path.  Fear and uncertainty kept us from making any course corrections because it was easier to hold on to what was safe…what was familiar. 
God continued to place people in our lives that were choosing the miracle of adoption and we were able to see life change in ways that only God can bring about. 
God was stirring our hearts.  He was even using our son to nudge us.  God was whispering to us and we were faced with a decision to choose. 
The only regret I have is that we allowed fear and comfort to keep us from making a course correction sooner.   I cannot imagine any other path I would want to be on right now. 
Lily is at a similar fork in the road…she trying to decide if it is worth it to let go of what was familiar and comfortable and begin to trust something new and different. 
There are times we see her happy and beginning to trust and then without any warning, she retreats into fear and inconsolable grief that neither of us can take away.
Is it hard?....yes…is it worth it?...ABSOLUTELY. 
We see the hand of God in every facet of her story and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
“And behold, the Lord passed by and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.  And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire… the sound of a low whisper.”  I Kings 19: 11-12
What is God whispering to you? 
Don’t let fear or comfort keep you from making a course correction.  The doors of opportunity swing open on the hinges of obedience. 
we hear the whispers of God in Lily's smile and beginning to trust MIchael...


Feeling safe enough to eat out of mom's lap.


another first...allowing dad to feed me.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW you are both the Best Evangelists in the world; What an appropriate sermon for us all to hear and heed. Thank you again for sharing your journey with us and all of your friends and extended family. We LOVE you So much. Have a Wonderful Day. Dad

Johanna said...

That was beautiful, and so true!!! I love your videos, she is a doll!!!

blacklabfam said...

A powerful testimony. God is holding your hand as you hold hers.
Love, Deb

Renee Windham said...

Amy, Micheal and Baby Lily,
We, at Pawleys Island Prebyterian Church, have all been praying and waiting anxiously for this day! God is so Good, isn't He? She is precious! We will continue to pray for you all as you begin this new journey together! We can't wait to see you in Pawleys and meet this precious angel!
Renee Windham

pphipps7378 said...

Amy,

I can tell you are already a wonderful mother! I love the pictures! Especially in the bath tub! I am so happy for you, Michael and Spencer. Lily is going to be loved so much by you all and everyone that meets her. She just makes me smile! God is GOOD!

Prayers your way!

blacklabfam said...

The pic of her in her Patagonia coat sticking her tongue out is now my screen saver at work :) SO CUTE!

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