There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not; Thy compassions they fail not.
As Thou hast been thou forever will be.
So says that glorious hymn I’ve sung for as long as I can remember. I sang it. I believed it, or so I thought. But in the last seven months, I KNOW I believe it. God’s faithfulness has been exhibited in this little Russian family as he has healed, helped, and heartened in innumerable ways.
Today, as I made my daily drive to school, I wasn’t alone. A Russian sprite was tucked firmly in her seat as she chattered along to me…asking questions, telling stories….all in English. As she rushed into the preschool room, after an absence of one month, she threw her arms wide and shouted,
” Ms. Lynda!” As if to say, here I am and really, didn’t you miss me?
I smiled as I continued on to my office. Our little Sofya (or Sofia L as she likes to call herself now) is firmly settled in her new country. She chatters on in English scarcely pausing for breath, and I have to remind myself this is the same girl who arrived just seven months ago chattering away in Russian.
One month ago her sister, Mariana, made her appearance…..perfect in every way. I will never forget sitting in that waiting room at 3:30 AM and hearing a quiet voice say,
I turned and quickly walked to our son-in-law, who threw his arms around me and burst into tears of joy, relief, thankfulness. I will also always remember that wonderful nurse who, after examining Mariana, approached the foot of Noel’s bed and stated in firm, clear tones,
“Your baby is perfectly healthy. She is perfect.”
And then, today, a young mother stopped by the school to pick her little girl up. She carried a baby in and showed her off….a perfect little girl who is growing by leaps and bounds. As I watched her share her blessing with the staff and students and accept the admiration of her lovely baby, I stepped back and swallowed hard.
Yes, God, great is your faithfulness……as You have been, You forever will be..