Yes, I am at Disney...but this news was too exciting not to share.
Sunday I posted about a disturbing situation I witnessed in a store in my town. Several of you were outraged, saddened and offered to pray. I want to tell you that the child in question is being picked up today!
A friend of mine who serves in a leadership role with our local DFCS took the situation to a meeting today to discuss with the group. The head of our region DFCS recognized the child's name and realized there was an open case. It 'just so happened' that as we returned to the hotel for our afternoon rest time I received a phone call and an e-mail about it. My account of what I witnessed in conjunction with information they already had was the confirmation needed to rescue "Sammy" from the situation.
Here's the really incredible God thing. I was catching up on Esther homework at the time and I had just read Joel 2:13-14 "Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and He relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing." (NIV)
Praise God for hearing our prayers and as the Message version of the Joel passage says, "cancelling calamity."
If you read the original post, you will note I have now updated it to reflect a fictitious name. (This also necessitated hiding the comments.) Another God thing...I always protect the names of girls at the home. 'For some reason' I did not this time and it was her name that was recognized, leading to her removal. Yet another reminder that He knows our names.
THANK YOU for your prayers...and be encouraged to stand up for what is right--even if you feel powerless and like your part is too small to matter. This child will sleep safely tonight as a result of a series of events involving several different people speaking up for her. Different parts of the body fulfilled their roles in the positions God assigned them.
Awesome, isn't it?