As I was applying my anti-aging, anti-wrinkle cream this morning, I had to chuckle. This has been the most stressful week of our lives. I'm guessing it has taken away months from my mental strength. I wouldn't be surprised if this week will add gray hairs to my head, and wrinkles to my face.
Do I really think that a bottle of expensive, white cream is going to protect me from the stress?
No. I don't.
But because I am a creature of habit, I will continue applying the stuff.
Currently, I am at home, and Chance is at work. We are trying to stay busy as we allow birthmom to rest and recuperate. She not only had a C-section on Tuesday morning, but she also had an additional surgery on Tuesday night to prevent and correct other issues.
We were able to spend a few hours with her and the baby yesterday. He is beautiful, of course. Much of our time at the hospital included various members of our birthmother's family as well.
However, we were able to spend some very positive time alone with just birthmother and baby. She is so sweet and so beautiful. She has such a kind heart as well.
Birthmom has told us that she will give us her final decision today. She had a few extended family members that she wished to speak to beforehand. We continue to pray and seek God's will, but we are reassured by birthmom's continued relationship with us. (For example, yesterday, I was attempting to tread lightly, so I asked her if we could take pictures of the baby boy in order to share them with our friends and family. She scoffed at me like I was crazy! "Of course you can take pictures to share!")
The wrinkles come though when birthmom tells us of her interaction with some of her family members. Many of them are unsupportive of her adoption plan and they are threatening to do relationally-harmful things if birthmom goes through with the decision.
And that's when I reach for the wrinkle cream.
We continue to pray for birthmom's stubbornness and her resolve to do what is best for the baby. She is attempting to make a very selfless decision, but being told that she is selfish.
We are asking God to place angels around her room to protect her from the Father of Lies.
In addition to the wrinkle cream, Chance and I know to turn to our Heavenly Father.
2 Corinthians 1:
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.
I rest in knowing that the more stress that comes, the more our Heavenly Father will wrap His arms of comfort around us.
Take that, wrinkle cream!