Jesus answered my prayer today, immediately and quite tangibly. This afternoon, Grant and I decided to go to Chick-fil-A for supper, along with every other family/minivan in the area. Kids Night! It occurred to me to pray that I would connect with another foster parent at CFA, specifically one that lived in Warren County. It was a random thought, but I went ahead and prayed.
We got to CFA, and I quickly forgot about my prayer, as it was a madhouse. We ate, then Ezra went back to the play area. I saw a mom talking to Grant. My first thought was that Ezra had pushed her daughter. I overhead Grant say that we were almost finished with the foster process, and I instantly remembered my prayer. Turns out that Ezra “randomly” went up to this woman and her daughter and told her that we were going to have foster kids come to live with us. She pulled Grant aside and told him what Ezra had said. Grant introduced us, and we exchanged emails. I went ahead and shared my prayer with her, even though I thought she might think I was a weirdo. She didn’t! We ended up sitting together and talking about what had led us to the foster process. She and her husband have just begun the training and will be licensing through…you guessed it! Warren County! They recently moved to the area from Nashville (another fun connection, since we would love to move there!). I told her that we attended Apex. She asked if we knew Dan and Celia Emmons, and we totally do! Apex is not a small church. We discussed the idea that most people probably think it’s crazy to be getting involved with foster care when you have young children. We talked about how our daughters have had some (or a lot in Ezra’s case) outbursts of anger, since beginning the foster process. I felt like crying most of the conversation, just out of pure gratitude for the Lord’s purposeful provision.
When Jesus does stuff like this, it blows me away. It shouldn’t, but it does. I’m so thankful to serve a God who HEARS me when I pray. Love it.