There was a time, a handful of years ago, that I sat in my car with my little brother discussing our frustrating and failing romantic relationships. I purposed in my heart to begin to regularly ask God to bring my brother a life mate and to bless him with the children he so very much wanted to bring into this world with that life mate. At that time, it seemed like his “getting” these things was so terribly far in the future. He had invested much time and energy and love into a relationship he thought would be the one. But it wasn’t. He would have to end that relationship, grieve the loss of that relationship, evaluate the changes he need to make in his life, meet and date and woo a new woman, and THEN finally get married. This is not a process that generally happens overnight!
Heck, I’d been praying for a life mate for myself since I was 16 and hadn’t gotten a “yes” answer from God yet, and I am ten years older than my little brother! But God answers prayers in many different ways. Sometimes the answer is “no”, but it is wrapped in a million gifts we never thought to ask for.
God answered my prayer for Low (my “baby” brother) with a resounding “YES!”. God has answered my own prayer for me with “<silence> “, and with those million gifts I never even thought to ask for, as I wouldn’t have had any idea that they were things I’d even want.
Two years ago, after being introduced by a mutual friend on facebook, my brother married Kristine. Two weeks ago, they were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. Her name, Elianna, means “God has responded”. He most certainly has.
I can’t even look at Elianna’s picture without tears coming to my eyes. She is amazingly tangible and living proof of God’s love for my brother. But she is also the same thing for me. I. LOVE. my. nieces. and. nephews. They are each God’s special gift to me, not just to their parents. It has been ten years since one of my siblings had a child and I’d forgotten, just a little bit, how wonderful it is to have a new baby in the family. I have another niece to love. :-)
Over the past six years I have slowly come to the place where I realize that the best thing for me, the most generous thing that God could do for me, is to give me other people’s children to love.
And I am looking forward to loving this new niece of mine with all of my heart. My baby brother has a baby. God has responded…