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Thursday, December 15, 2011

What a Ride

Today I took all five kids to see a performance of the Nutcracker, at the incredible Fox Theater in downtown Atlanta.

It's at times like this that I have an especially hard time imagining Hannah and Joseph in their former circumstances.

Throughout the show, I kept glancing over at the two of them. They sat on the edge of their seats, enraptured. They loved every minute of the ballet. And I just kept shaking my head in wonder. I may have even cried a little bit...

Just two years ago, Hannah and Joseph were orphans, living at M -- scared, sick, lonely and seemingly forgotten. Today, they're like any other Atlanta kid, dressed up and enjoying the Nutcracker ballet at the Fox like it's the most natural thing in the world.

Make no mistake -- Dan and I didn't rescue Hannah and Joseph by adopting them. We didn't save them by bringing them to America. We haven't redeemed their past suffering by giving them a new life. But God did. And throughout their lives, He will continue to rescue, save and redeem them. Just as He's done for me.

Every now and then, these God moments sneak up on me and cause me to remember that I've been privleged to be part of something truly remarkable. I'm unworthy, I'm unqualified, I'm so unequal to the task set before me -- and that's exactly why I believe He was able to use me for this.

To God be all the glory -- I thank Him just for bringing me along for the ride.


laurakirkland said...

Love you Shelly o.

cathy_kramer said...

what a ride it is, but a great one at that!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful image of you all enjoying the ballet! blessings, anna

Naomi said...

They all look beautiful, (and handsome.) What a wonderful perspective.

StephanieBass said...

Throughout all of our adopted daughters' 'firsts', God reminded me of where they were previously, which humbled me beyond measure...why He chose me, I don't know, but I am incredibly thankful. Like you said, it is quite the ride and we count ourselves very privileged to watch His great love for us lived out through our children. May the Lord continue to richly bless your family as you serve Him!