Late Wednesday evening as I was praying for the Lord to help me serve as a committee member for the three day statewide RAPT Conference which began the following day, the Lord clearly impressed on me to be Attentive, Alert, and Available. “Okay. Yes, Lord, no problem.”…not knowing
what that would exactly mean.
I arrived Thursday morning and greeted a fellow committee member, (Hi, Erin!) who tells me immediately of a presenter’s unfortunate ailment and asks if I would take her place…(TO.DAY…right after lunch…as in, just share your story, some things you’ve learned, etc for a mere hour and a half)!
Oh boy. Ok.
I had already said “yes, Lord.”
Oh, a quick side note: I was scheduled and prepared to speak with a panel of others at this conference but NOT all by myself. I was not scheduled for that! Well, at least the committee hadn’t scheduled me for that.
I was so nervous. I prayed…even though I knew The Lord was already there. My friend, Erin, was sitting nearby to lend support (Thank you!). Then the time came, the room packed out, the room host brought in more chairs. These wonderful parents and child and family services workers had come to hear the professional foster/adoption workshop presenter, the one we hired.
I told a bit of our story, shared some things we have learned along the way (so far), answered questions the best I was able to and it turns out that I had, as my kids call it, “the best day ever!”.
I was so thankful for such a great opportunity. In my dreams I get to build up groups of foster and adoptive parents, encourage them and share with them things that the Lord has done and is doing for us to help us make it through. It’s tough. It can be lonely. It can be so hard to keep going. It’s so easy to lose perspective.
Foster parenting, adoption, all parenting…It is worth it all. Children are worth it. But we humans, whether we want to admit it or not, we are not always “okay”. I’m not always “okay”. Sometimes we’re at a loss. We need each other to make it through.
God created us to assemble together for fellowship. Proper fellowship can build people, can build families, can build homes, can build communities, can build futures and builds the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s a blessing and an honor – isn’t it? – to be both the encourager and the one being encouraged. Fellowship at its finest.
Walking with Jesus,
” Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3