Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Mama Sheep

For many of you, when you read this, we will already be in the air heading toward China. It is so hard to be a mom and leave your kids behind - I can not even tell you how it hurts, as I let quiet tears fall for the 4 blessings that I leave here while we travel. But I know what we've been called to, and I know God will give grace to all of us. However, it is words such as these, shared by a dear friend today - that really resonate with me. I want to share them with all of you -

Reflections of a Waiting Mom
I've got three of my four children in my fold, but my heart says it's time to go get my lost little lamb.

You know, I used to wonder how Jesus the Good Shepherd could leave the 99 behind (although He never really leaves us) to go and look for his lost lamb. I think I have a better idea now. A few years back, we were given the opportunity through B's job to go to Australia. I couldn't do it. I had no desire to leave my babies that far behind. Granted, they were littler then. But it didn't even tempt me.

Now, in order to bring my little lamb home, I can leave my other 3 lambs in the fold without me. I can go halfway around the world. This time is different. I need to go. I won't hesitate. For this little while, the one needs me more than the 3. And I know God will be with them when I'm gone.


That was said so much better than I could have said it myself, and it echoes my heart right now. (Adoptive moms must be heart like-minded!) Chloe told me today that tomorrow will be a hard day - I wholeheartedly agree with her!! So thank you my dear friend for sharing these words with me - as we go to find our little lamb.......

13 comments:

~verna said...

Happy Travels! All will be well. Can't wait to see the pics of you with Miss Jada!

Jill said...

God Bless you all

Jill said...

SAFE AND HAPPY TRAVELS!!!

hollym. said...

Take care, Becky! Our God brought your family to this adoption and He's right with you all till it's completed! Praying for your Momma's heart and sweet Chloe,too!

Steffie B. said...

Love you.....this is beautiful....I will be waiting to see your precious little lamb i your arms at last!

Love for Lilly Yin said...

Hi Becky! My friend Missy and her husband Jeff leave for China today as well. They are adopting a 2 year old little girl, named EmmaLee. Maybe you will meet them in Guangzhou.

Prayers for you all!

Kim K. said...

I can't wait to follow your journey! Best wishes and safe travels!!

Carrie said...

our prayers will be with you and your family

Lisa said...

Oh Becky - how I can SO relate to your post and feelings today. Praying peace on all of your hearts and for a super trip to China!

Lora said...

Praying for you, Joe & Becky.
-can't wait to meet Jada!
God's peace and grace be with you and your beloved family.

RamblingMother said...

Praying for your trip and can't wait to follow.

Kelley said...

Oh, my friend. I so understand the hurt in your heart as you left your four today. I never cried as hard as I did the day we left Emily (not even 3, at the time) to go get Mia. I hope that as you got on the plane with the single goal in mind to go get your little lamb that you felt peace just as I did 4 remarkable years ago.

We continue to pray for y'all!

Kristi said...

Praying you all through this journey and separation time! Beautiful post as we wait to see your little lamb in your arms and home soon with her entire forever family. Praying these days pass especially quickly for the lambs at home!!!!

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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