One night when Greg was putting Chloe to bed, he was talking about an unsaved friend who was resisting accepting Christ as Lord and Savior. During their conversation, Chloe simply made a profound and life altering statement, "I want to ask Jesus into my heart." After asking her several questions to make sure she understood, Greg was able to lead her in a prayer that secured her future in Heaven for eternity.
I must admit that I was stunned. I had assumed that Chloe would be a hold out. I had so underestimated God's power. I figured she wouldn't possibly chose to trust God with all her trust issues from abandonment. Frankly, Chloe sometimes can't trust that I will pick her up at school, let alone trust in a God she can't see or hear. Oh ME of little faith! There is a subtle peace that seems to have washed over Chloe since that day. Now instead of praying before a meal out of practice or because she is told, I find her closing her eyes in prayer unprompted and even reminding me to pray.
As her mom, I am so pained by the trauma and loss Chloe has had to go through because of her abandonment and neglect. Yet a loving Heavenly Father has orchestrated a beautiful opportunity for His child to know Him personally, following His promise in Rom. 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." When I think of what Chloe's life could have been had her birth mother decided to keep her, living in a rural area of Qian Jiang, CHINA - poverty, hunger, oppression, possibly being forced into prostitution to support her family, but most of all never hearing the name Jesus and knowing the freedom to have Him as her Lord and Savior. My heart cries, "the pain you allow in our lives, Father, is so good and I will chose to trust that you know what is best!"
"For I know the plans I have you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer. 29:11