Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Storm.

The storm.

That's where I am right now.  The winds are vicious. The waves are making me shake.  Every question is screaming in my brain.  All the 'what ifs'. Everything.





No this isn't about ZhenAi.  No this isn't our marriage.  This is about one of our adopted children.  Their past has surfaced for the first time and is a storm.

And if you were would see little sign of it.

The turmoil is on the inside.  The panic surfaces when all the little people said "amen" one last time at the end of the day, had their foreheads kissed, their blankets tucked in tight...and the lights turned off. happens.

Am I equipped for this battle? Can I do this?  This...?

This morning in church we talked about the storm.

You know. The story we all know so well. That storm. The storm when the disciples were in the boat.  And they were freaking out and then to top it off they thought they saw a spirit walking on the water. was Jesus.  Of course He showed up.  He always does. In fact...He promises never to leave.

And today it was brought out that He calmed the turmoil of their minds and hearts before the wind and sea.  Hmmm.  Yes.  This was a moment for me.  He wants to calm our hearts...our fears...our anxieties before He touches our circumstance.

Then there was that moment of Peter in bold faith...following Jesus' "come" and steps out off the boat...and walks on water.

He did!  Until...

Until he saw the wind.

My mind went racing to this storm we are in right now.  Oh God has been so present in this story. It's His story. I've always said that.  He clearly.  Each time.  Each child. We answered.

And now ... this? What...? Why...? I can't! I simply...cannot.

And everything inside me is questioning everything I absolutely know to be true.

You called us here...? To this...? You really think we can do this...?

As my husband sits beside me with no fear. No anxiety. He looks at me and says "this child is in the right family, Janice.  This is where they should be and we are going to do everything we can to help him.  God has not left us. He's here. He knew we would be here...and He's here".  Even here.

The storm.

Have you ever noticed in your life...not in some fancy little christian cliche but in the darkest storm of your life ... when your faith is tested beyond it's get to know your God like you didn't know was possible this side of Heaven? When comfort and peace are the furthest from any natural part of the process ... and yet you experience it...?

Three nights ago I had a dream. A dream that I went to the mailbox on a dark day where I was questioning everything...and there was an envelope. No note. Just an envelope with a check folded inside.  I opened it to see a large amount.  Then I woke.  What was that all about? No explanation. Just random. A random silly dream.

It was just that. Until yesterday. I stopped at the mailbox and saw a small envelope in there.  It looked empty.  I opened it to see a folded note. A check. For the exact amount that it was in the dream.  I have gone to look at this in my purse about 15 times since then to see if I dreamt the entire thing.  Was it a dream? A ghost on the water?

No.  Jesus in my storm.

The most silent of whispers.  Just letting me know...He's there.  He's here.  In this storm.

We ended the message this morning with this song.

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you're my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine


  1. Oh my goodness!!! I literally just got chills when I read about the envelope and check. Our God is amazing. Never, ever ceases to amaze. Your family is always in my prayers but I will pray specifically for the turmoil that your child is experiencing. So, so sorry! <3

  2. I will be praying for you and your precious ones. I am so sorry you are experiencing this right now friend. Please know you have my love and prayers. <3 Oh He is indeed with you in this storm. What a comfort <3

  3. Praying --and KNOWING that He will meet you in this storm. He ALWAYS does! Praying that your child's hurtful traumatic past is healed and that your hearts are comforted. Hugs.

  4. Praying for your dear child as he goes through this storm and for you and Dean as you go through this storm with him. Love this song you shared! "My soul will rest in your embrace, for I am yours and you are mine" such comfort as we help our children heal from their past, especially when in the storm and its hard to know what to do. He holds us all the way. Thanks for sharing, your sharing is a real encouragement and help to us along our journey of adoption and parenting. xo

  5. You've been on my mind today, Janice... Hope the clouds of this storm are lifting and the light from the Lord is sifting through. Love to you all from Memphis, TN! xo