01 May, 2008

Still Learning

A few weeks ago I mentioned in my blog about the Smith family and their unborn daughter, Audrey Caroline. Audrey was born April 7 and lived a miraculous 2 hours and 27 minutes.
The Smith family has been an amazing testament of God's grace and mercy even in the midst of a terrible time.

The Smith's pastor, Pete Wilson, is doing a series about "Plan B" when life doesn't turn out the way you'd planned. In his latest lesson in this series he shares the Smith's story.

Please find 30 minutes to watch this video. I promise it will speak to you. It will cause you to hug your children and your family tighter when you get home.

Smith Family Story from Matthew Singleton on Vimeo.

Toward the end of the video, Angie shares how through this she has learned that Audrey's death was not God's Plan B. The way things worked out were always God's Plan A. This was simple, yet profound for me.

There are still days when I long for our adoption of Viktoria to have turned out differently. There is not one day that goes by that I don't think of her and all the "what if's." Just this morning in the shower I was thinking how she "should have been" home with us for two years by now. There are so many times when I cry out to God in this terrible wait to complete our family. But even though it seems incomprehensible to us, it has always been God's Plan A.

Just like Angie cried out to God saying, "Please, please let Audrey live! It will be a testimony to Your wonder and power!" I've cried out to God so many times, "Please, please bring Viktoria home! It will be a testimony to Your wonder and power! Please let accreditation come for us so we can bring home our long awaited child" I have so wanted to show God's strength through our adoption.

Oh I know that the pain and hurt that we've been through in this adoption is not one drop in a bucket compared to what the Smith's have dealt with. But God is teaching me through their experience. I'm holding on to God's Plan A!


U.N. Mama said...

Just wanted to say so many are here praying for you. You are an inspiration to me Suz. Praying for you as you hold on. Love you!

Kay B said...

Suz, I am so glad that this message has reached you, touched. I have been following their story since you first posted about it. I cried reading every post and I am filled with awe at the level of their faith. They are true examples of how we need to trust in God even when life is not so fun - especially in these times. As they said, Audrey's short life mattered, and they are making the most of Glorfying God through their story.
I know your wait has been long, longer than we all feel it should be, but God knows the end of the story, he can see it from his vantage point. Keep your eyes on him, He Loves you and He has plans for you - plans for hope and a future! His Plan A!

Debbie B said...

Wow! Such a touching video.

I don't think we ever stop learning. I know bringing home Isabel and seeing God's timing all over it taught me so much faith and trust, but I know that I'll still need to learn again. I don't question our long journey. I knew it was for a purpose.

Your call will come. Praying for it to come soon.

Chelley said...

A wish from the heart, a whole lotta love and hugz
HAPPY Mother's Day !