Her words caused my breathing to stop. For a moment.
How could it possibly be?
“You are under house arrest. You must stay inside and talk to no one,”
My thoughts raced in a million different directions.
What had I done?
Here I was thousands of miles from home.
I was in the process of completing an adoption
and suddenly this.
Instantly there was fear.
How long would it last?
What if? A million what ifs.
There was no way to communicate with my family in the states.
No. There I was.
So what do you do when suddenly life changes
and the unexpected happens?
What do you do when you realize that you are helpless to change things?
“O Lord. I really need your help.”
I prayed and prayed.
Hours dragged by as I sat in the small room with only a narrow bed.
One minute at a time.
I never expected that my desire to adopt would lead to this.
Simple meals were brought to my door.
Then my worse thought hit me.
Would I ever get out?
To see my little girl at home?
Ugh, but I was seemingly helpless. No phone.
It was at a time of unrest in the world many years ago
and for me a time of awakening.
These things really do happen to ordinary people. Like you. Like me.
I just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time it seemed.
Well, after a few days I was released
and was flown out of that part of the country
and back to a safer city.
But I’ll never forget that scary experience.
While the world kept turning
I sat and prayed for release, for freedom.
And in His time
God made it possible for me to be safely released
to board a small, very old, rickety plane
and to fly. Just me and 3 other foreign men.
Hair-raising moments? Yes.
Today as I remember
I’m grateful beyond words
that I was released.
Quietly set free and flown out of that hot spot.
Grateful to once again experience God’s hand in the details of my life.
And while we experience all kinds of changes and unsettledness today
it’s reassuring to know
that God hears our prayers.
He knows exactly what is going on
where you live
and where I live.
He knows how trapped some people feel,
He knows how much we miss what we used to do.
Yes, He knows.
And even though we don’t understand everything
we can trust Him
with all of our moments.
He has us safely in His care.
We do not wait in vain.
Let’s just rest in His arms while we wait
knowing that we are not alone.
And nowhere could be safer
than in His tender care.