by Darla Noble
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
A very dear friend of mine is a foster parent, which in my opinion, is one of the most difficult and heart-wrenching situations you can be in.
Welcoming a child into your home and your heart, all the while knowing the situation is temporary, is emotionally charged. This is especially true when you see the child will be returning to a less-than-suitable condition when they go home.
Shortly after a situation like that happened to my friend, I asked her how she did it. How she managed to keep it together when she knew everything she had done for that sweet little child would be undone in a matter of days. Her reply made me realize just how little credit I was giving God on the issue.
She said, “I don’t believe it will be undone. I know he won’t be prayed for, I know he won’t hear Bible stories and praise songs, and I know he won’t hear ‘I love you’ at least a dozen times a day. But he did while he was here and he won’t forget that. And knowing that gives me peace. God told us when we decided to become foster parents that He would give us peace with every placement and every removal, and that’s it. I know He won’t let them forget what they got from us.”
We can have that same peace for ourselves. We can have a constant peace knowing that God is with us no matter what and will see us through anything.
Thank You for being the source of peace in my heart and my mind.
Help me always remember You are near.
In the Name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.