Monday, June 20, 2011


On Friday, we took a little trip to the mall (the most glorious mall in NC, by the way). There was a really cool toy shop there that my kids were dying to destroy check out. So we headed that way. As soon as we walked in the door, I spotted the most adorable little Asian girl standing at one of the play areas. She was playing with who I assumed was her father and older brother. All of a sudden, the father quickly escorted the boy out of the store - leaving the little girl behind playing. I kind of stood there frozen, wondering why he left her? It took her about 2 seconds to realize they had left. She started hysterically crying - bless her heart. You could tell she was terrified. As soon as I snapped out of it,  I started toward her. About the same time,  I see her mom come flying over from the other side of the store. She scooped her up and was loving on her. She looked at me, and just gave me this, "It's ok, I am her mom" kind of look. I couldn't stop staring. I know she probably thought I was some crazy stalker or something, but I my heart was breaking for that baby.  I wanted to snatch her out of her mommy's arms and comfort her myself! LOL. Anyway, it took her a minute to calm down and even minutes later, she still had these big tears just hanging on her bottom eye lashes.  Heart. Breaking.

I know this is silly, but I thought about that little girl all weekend. It just made me think. Obviously, I have no idea why the father left so abruptly, but he came back. Her mom was just a few feet from her. She was ok the whole time, but she didn't know that. In her little heart, everything she knew ran out of that store in an instant. In her little heart was breaking. It just made me think about Willa. Not only will she experience this  - she will have to experience it twice.

Her mom or dad left her somewhere. She could have been that two year old. The two year old that in an instant her world came to an end. Abandoned. Her mom didn't rush to her to comfort her and tell her that it's going to be ok.  She was just left. Then she was taken to an orphanage. She once again, has to learn to trust and find comfort in her surroundings. Then one day, in the not so distant future, she will be left again. She will be put in the arms of strangers and her world as she knows it will come to an end.

Now in her little mind, she doesn't know that it will be the very last time. She doesn't know that she will finally be coming home - never to be abandoned again. All she will know is everything and everyone familiar will be gone.

It is a wonder that these children ever overcome their abandonments. How resilient there little hearts must be. Even though I know that we will be giving Willa a good life - it still breaks my heart at what she will be leaving behind. Her family. Her country. Her culture. She will experience such a loss in such a little amount of time. No one should ever have to endure what these children endure.

I couldn't stop thinking about it... then something else happened... it was like the Lord was showing me a story in stages this weekend.  I was sitting at the kids flag football game on Saturday. I was just people watching when I saw my friends little girl (4 years old, adopted from China) running in my direction with a huge smile on her face. Then I saw her daddy going toward her - he scooped her up in his arms and she beamed. She laid her head on his shoulders and just smiled - absorbing his love and comfort.

So yeah, these kids do lose everything they know - their worlds are turned upside down.  But we serve a redeeming God!  He gives us beauty from ashes!

Isaiah 61:3 bestow on them a crown of beauty 
   instead of ashes, 
the oil of joy 
   instead of mourning, 
and a garment of praise 
   instead of a spirit of despair. 
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 
   a planting of the LORD 
   for the display of his splendor.

He redeems them! He gives them hope for a future! You know, honestly, how many times does he do the same for us? Praise Jesus for his mercies! 


Stephanie said...

Oh, Michelle. I love this. :) It is so true.

petiteblogger said...

I love this. :)

Stephanie said...

Hey, deary-do, can we repost this on WAGI?
Let me know. :)

Tara Anderson said...

Such a beautiful truth....