DIVINE ENCOUNTERS

DIVINE ENCOUNTERS

MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS BAILEY-

“By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:9, 10 KJV)

I have mentioned before that at a young age of 14 I found myself pregnant. I spent the next few months at a maternity home in New Orleans before returning home to finish my 9th grade. It wasn’t what you call a pleasant experience by any stretch but it was what God used to bring me to Christ. For years, I have often thought about how God would use that pain for His glory. 42 years later I have seen God fulfill that. This week one our Marysong girls will give birth to Nathan Nicholas; mother and child will stay at the center. The Interpreter’s Bible has said, “The wanderings of the patriarchs is not a mere restless roaming, or an aimless change of dwelling places, but under divine guidance is a discipline of obedience, a proving of faith, and a type and example for those who seek the abiding home and for this reason they do not turn their eyes backward to the perishable world, and what they possess gain and lose therein, but forward to the promised land and enduring good, whose attainment is certain, because God has already prepared it for them, and is no mere transitory good, but has come into a permanent relation to them, so that God is not ashamed to be called their God.”
God has a way of drawing us out to bring us in-He leads us into divine encounters. What the devil does to destroy, God steps in and changes the situation all around; we have to step out by faith and believe that He can turn it around.
Another commentary said, “We dwell in our fair land, amid things that our hands have fashioned, among surroundings that our minds understand, where our plans have laid out the future, and where our enterprises are flourishing. From this comfortable land of our own security we called to go-we know not whither.”
Have you decided to push away from the shore? Sometimes you just have to flip the coin to see the other side. I often shudder at the consequences if I held on to the hurts of the past. Even though some 42 years later I have not found my precious baby girl that I gave up for adoption, I know He leads me out into something deeper and better. He wants to take the very things that have tried to destroy us and use them for His glory. It is when we are done with feeling ashamed and glued down to this world’s system that we can really experience freedom. The promises of God are all around us, echoing through the trees, hearing them in the singing river and in the ocean roaring. It all speaks yeah and amen!

7 Replies to “DIVINE ENCOUNTERS”

  1. Thank you for this precious word. It really made me think that there is another side to the coin. God knows the right time for everything to happen!

  2. Thank you for this Parris! I have recently come through the process of healing from my childhood and am now beginning to see the amazing ways God is using my past for His glory and as a blessing to myself and others. Nothing ever goes to waste with God. I am really so grateful for His mercy and love! We are not only forgiven for our mistakes, but we are also then enabled to use the lessons to help others as well. I love God! He is so great!!! I am so excited about the bountiful blessings the future will bring!

  3. Reblogged this on Words of Inspiration and commented:
    I have recently come through the process of healing from my childhood and am now beginning to see the amazing ways God is using my past for His glory and as a blessing to myself and others. Nothing ever goes to waste with God. I am really so grateful for His mercy and love! We are not only forgiven for our mistakes, but we are also then enabled to use the lessons to help others as well. I love God! He is so great!!! I am so excited about the bountiful blessings the future will bring!

  4. Paris, my sister Sandy had a similar experience in her teen years and longed to find her son that she gave up back in 1971. It’s a heart ache that no one can imagine, knowing your baby is out there someplace. Sandy ended up marrying the child’s father, years later, after she suffered through an abusive marriage and divorce with another man.

    She and her high school sweetheart, Bob, now husband, decided to look for their son. They had very little, non-identifying information. They knew he was adopted into a family in Iowa, and they knew his first name was Michael. Since it was a Christian Reformed agency, she knew that the parents would have had to be of that faith. She had kept a file at the adoption agency, (unwed mother’s home) where she sent him cards and letters though out life, and the lady there who kept the file for her, gave her those two bits of information. Even before she knew God, she prayed that she’d see her son again, sometime.

    With faith and many prayers, Sandy and Bob set out in their car for a week in Iowa. They started in major cities that boasted of strong Christian Reform roots. They went from library to library, since they knew the year of his birth, and looked through high school year books for 1988-1989. After several days, they hit Pella, Iowa, where a very large Christian Reform population existed. In one of the year books, of a Christian Reform high school, they saw a photograph of a senior who looked exactly like a blend of the two of them. His name was Michael. Now, they had a last name.

    They went back to their hotel and started calling everyone in the phone book who had the same last name as this boy. They simply asked for Mike who graduated from Pella Chr. Reform HS, in 1989. They FOUND him. She simply said over the phone, I don’t know how to say this but I’m your birth mother and birth father and I have been looking for you. Would you consider meeting us? Long story short, the kid was at their hotel room within an hour. It has led to many years of a healed, close relationship, with many conversations by phone and meeting twice a year. Since he loves his adoptive parents, and had a great child hood with them, they all respect their feelings very much. They were unhappy that the birth parents found “their son.”

    Now, Sandy and Bob have a wonderful, healed, relationship with their son, daughter in law, and grand kids. They talk on the phone often and visit each other twice a year. If you’d ever like to speak to my sister, who has worked with groups of parents who gave up children- because it was the only thing they could do at the time, find their grown children, I will give you her number.

    Kathy Beebe, Mt Pleasant, MI
    Friends with Steve and Diane Solomon

  5. My nanna found her adopted out daughter when I was a toddler. I have known this woman as my auntie for almost as long as I can remember and I have always considered her children as cousins to me – they are blood relations of course, but we arent legally related. This was very timely because my mother – my nanna’s youngest child – died within months of this woman being reunited with our family. My mum had always wanted a sister and it turned out that she’d had one all along. My nanna was also very sick and died 5 years after my mum. It is amazing what God can do to bring people together before it is too late. I am still in contact with this auntie of mine and I am amazed by how much she reminds me of my nanna. I was only 4 years old when my mum died and 9 years old when my nanna died. Both my mum and my nanna were the most important people in my life and it was devastating to lose them when I was so young. God has healed my shattered heart, and is in the process of rebuilding my life. The events that almost destroyed me are now being used by God in amazing ways. This is only the beginning. I am very excited about what God will be doing through me in the future!

  6. I’m so glad you wrote this. I have been thinking that for years! God uses our mistakes for His glory and turns everything around for good!

    Rebecca Olsen

    Sent from my iPad

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  7. Good evening sister.

    Yes, so many times Jehovah has used satans destruction to build me up stronger.

    God bless you with strength, wisdom and grace to grow throug the furnace to come out a beautiful vase.

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