Last Thursday I had the honor of sharing our family’s story with a group of volunteers and supporters celebrating the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Christian Care Center. This is a transcript (minus the blubbering and boo-hoos) of what I shared. The CCC is truly an amazing place where God is at work – our church feels so honored to get a front-row-seat to see God’s miraculous hand!
I am grateful to get to share with you about my son, Samuel Kenden. Last year, God brought him into our family through adoption. The Christian Care Center staff, especially the Pregnancy & Family Care Center, was instrumental in the process.
The details of that process and of his first family really belong to Samuel – for him to learn about and know as he grows up – but the big story, the awe-inspiring way mountains were moved… that is God’s. And that is what I want to tell you about today. I pray you are encouraged by it.
This time last year, I had no idea how God would radically move to bring Samuel into our family. Actually, I had no idea there was going to be a Samuel; we didn’t know his mother was pregnant, we hadn’t contacted any agency about adoption, we were just living life.
See, for two years my husband Ethan and I were trying to grow our family, hoping to become pregnant ourselves. And, even for many years before that, long before I was married, I had a strong desire to be a mama. I always thought that would mean I’d get married and get pregnant and have a baby (you know, the typical way) – but God was working in my heart to do something bigger, something more extraordinary, something only God could do.
As I prayed through our “trying”, I began to recognize it for what it was – our effort, our plan, our baby. Well, how many of you know that when you let God truly get a hold of your heart, you suddenly become painfully aware of your sin and selfishness? That’s what happened to me. God stopped me and all my trying on its tracks and told me clearly to wait. Psalm 27:13-14 – I remain confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
So, I waited. Okay, Lord, what am I waiting for? BE STRONG. Well, how long will I be…? TAKE HEART, WAIT FOR THE LORD. REMAIN CONFIDENT. YOU WILL SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD.
As time passed, my heart became attuned to what God was doing. I was contacted by a friend who knew we were praying about adoption and who told me there may be an opportunity through a client at the Pregnancy and Family Care Center. “Baby’s not born yet, so just think and pray.”
So, Ethan and I talked – “Awwww… wouldn’t that be great? God calls believers to care for the orphan and we could live that out – wouldn’t it be so neat to be a part of that one day… down the road?”
TWO DAYS LATER…
“Baby’s here!” Crickets. Silence. “Like, HERE, here? Like, we don’t even get 9 days, let alone 9 months to process this potential change kind of HERE?”
“Do you want to meet the parents and the baby RIGHT NOW? No pressure for anyone, just a little visit?” Ethan and I looked at each other, and we said yes. And that one little yes was all it took. We just said “YES. Yes God, we will go meet them and leave the rest up to You.”
And, boy, did God move! Between our first little “yes” and the finalization of Samuel Kenden’s adoption – a day we call Forever Moore Day – there were a lot of little details to attend to. But, God’s hand was so evident in the midst of each step. Over and over, we stood in awe as the details came together and God wove Samuel’s story with our story in a way that only He could do.
From the time Samuel’s birth parents consented to the adoption in August, to the day Samuel officially became a Moore in December, it was just a hair over 4 months. That just doesn’t happen – caseworkers, attorneys, adoption specialists, even the judge – all commented on how quickly things had moved and how unusual that was. I loved being able to tell people, “That’s because God did it. Don’t you see? He has been working all along!”
The same God that knit Samuel together in his mother’s womb, knit him into my heart forever. The same God that formed the mountains and the seas moved what seemed like immovable obstacles, to glorify Himself and bring Samuel Kenden into our family forever. It still amazes me. Sometimes I look at this child, my son, and am just dumbfounded and humbled that God would choose me to be his mama. I pray I would be faithful to that call.
Our family is indebted, not only to our great God, but also to those He chose to use at the Christian Care Center and Pregnancy and Family Care Center. Samuel’s is a life that was saved because of their tireless commitment to the most vulnerable and their tangible love for the broken. I am forever grateful.