My friend Caryl and I love babies-it’s just one of the many things we have in common. We spent Sunday morning at the hospital picking up a precious 2 day-old-baby boy that would be Caryl and David’s foster son. As we walked into the nursery, we prayed that he wasn’t the one that was screaming! HA! He wasn’t. After 9 months in the womb, with no prenatal care, and Lord knows what else, he was the picture of a perfectly healthy baby: sweet little hands and feet, a head full of soft black hair, beautiful skin and chiseled features. As the two of us sat there fighting over him, I mean rocking him and waiting for the “powers that be” to determine if he was really going to come into care, our hearts turned to what a difference this one decision would make in this child’s life. We prayed that he would get the opportunity to be all that God had designed him to be and were relieved when Caryl got to take him home. Obviously, we don’t know what God’s ultimate plan for his life is, but we know that for now, this precious one is safe, loved and well cared for.
And now to my baby, E, …another life in the balance. We have a big staffing about his case on Thursday. In a really strange turn of events, all the ‘players’ that were involved in baby B’s case, are on the roster for E’s as well…same ad litem, same birth parent attorney, same caseworker, same court. It’s weird and uncomfortable. My heart is so heavy for my little son. He is truly a gift from God- his angelic face lights up the room when he smiles, and when he laughs- his whole body laughs. He is a joy to care for, (even if he doesn’t sleep all night!). Everything that is within me cries out for his safety and well being. I pray that he will get the chance to be all that God has created him to be. I know that the Father is in control-even when I feel like the situation is totally out of my control. I am so grateful that I can hang my hat on the promise of a Father that loves and cares for His children- and who is faithful in every circumstance.
I guess if you think about it, foster care is all about lives in the balance….birth parents, children and even foster parents.