Last Fall, our pastor was preaching a series on Mark Batterson's book, The Circle Maker. The story of Honi and of bold specific prayer really encouraged us. Little did I know how much it was impacted Ethan as well.
We had been hearing more and more about the changes in the process of South Korean adoptions. After talking with our agency and advocacy groups, we learned it may be even harder for us now due to the fact we have a biological, non-Korean child in our home. We did a lot of praying and searching.
Secretly, my prayer the first week of November was that we would see our child's face. Specifically, I prayed for a daughter. Which is selfish, but, I wanted to pray what I thought was a bold, specific prayer.
On Monday, November 5th, Ethan came to me and we had the following conversation:
"Mommy, I just went up in my bed and prayed."
"That's great Ethan! What did you pray about?"
"I prayed for a baby."
"Oh, honey, we are all praying for a baby."
"No, Mom. I prayed for a baby by Sunday or Monday."
I stopped loading the dishwasher and just looked at him. I wasn't sure what to say. I tried to explain that with God anything is possible. And God could do it. But, if He doesn't, we were going to love him and praise him anyway.
Tuesday, November 6th, while talking about what we were thankful for, Ethan told me "A Baby."
The rest of the week was more of the same. He told me that I better be packing our bags for the hospital. He told me I needed to get the nursery ready and he even went through his stuffed animals and took some of them to the nursery "for the baby".
He so inspired me, that I pulled out the quilt top I made a year ago from my maternity shirts and I finished quilting it for our soon-to-be-baby.
He prayed every night and every meal for "Our Baby". He constantly circled her in prayer. He believed with all his heart we were going to have a baby by Sunday or Monday.
Friday morning I couldn't sleep. I got up early and read my daily Bible reading and decided to check my email.....
To be continued....