Once upon a time there was a woman who had four beautiful, exceptional daughters. And she was very happy. But she had a secret. Deep in her soul she longed for a son. So one day, she whispered her heartfelt desire into God’s ear.
But…being a woman who liked CONTROL, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Like Sarah in the Bible, she took charge by making plans of her own. Sarah had “Haggai”. This woman with the secret longing had “adoption”. After all, hadn’t she been sick with flu like symptoms and extreme exhaustion for nine months straight with each pregnancy? Why go through that again? Besides, how could she guarantee she’d give birth to a son? These questions could only be answered one way…through adoption.
With her husband’s agreement, they began to step through all of the doors that adoption brings. And before they knew it, along came a little boy. And even quicker than you think, he was in their home…their little boy. But something was wrong. The woman could not sleep. The woman could not eat. She felt a torment deep in her soul. Something was horribly wrong, but what? She was confused and unsure of what to do. Why was there no peace?
Not understanding what was happening, the woman and her husband decided to step away from the situation. With heartache and confusion they gave the little boy back. How had this happened? They had stepped through all the doors. They had been willing to be willing. What went wrong?
Unbeknownst to the woman and her husband, far, far away a small church congregation was asked by the grandparents of the little boy to pray, non-stop, against the upcoming adoption! The grandparents wanted to adopt the little boy themselves. He was their blood. This was the unexplained torment that the woman was experiencing; only she didn’t know it at the time. She didn’t find out about the praying church until two years later! Prayers are powerful.
Today that little boy is thriving in his grandparent’s home. He’s in school, has many friends and is much loved. What happened to the woman, who liked control, and her husband? Within one week of giving the little boy back, they discovered they were pregnant…with a son, and they named him, Joshua!
And the rest, as they say, is history!