So often I default to music for comfort, most often I go automatically to old hymns. There is much good contemporary music, but there is a richness in old hymns (even when the language is extremely outdated) that feels like the coziest of thick, lovingly hand- crocheted afghans wrapped around my spirit. Last night as I thought and prayed about Daniel, and about the even more remote chance of ever bringing Junior and Diamoh home, God brought to my mind George Beverly Shea ( of Billy Graham Crusade fame, if you don't know who he might be; he just turned 100 this year) I so clearly heard him singing two songs HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW and
HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER THEE. God is so faithful through His Holy Spirit and through His Word and through His servants.
I was comforted, I knew Daniel was too...Deuteronomy 29:29 practically calls out Daniel by his "first name" SECRET...........
"The SECRET things belong to the Lord our God but those things (my italics) which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."
Daniel has always belonged to the Lord; for a time he was a SECRET, but as God revealed him to us, He put a love for Daniel in our hearts: this tiny oh-so -brain damaged baby........God called us to love him, as ourselves, as we love God: with all our hearts, our minds, our spirits, willing to lay down our lives for him. It has not been our "lives" literally, but we have willingly laid down this year, putting everything else on hold in anticipation of Daniel's homecoming and necessary surgical procedures, and not to fullfill a law, but because GOD Himself put this incredible love into all of our hearts for a baby who may never be able to "love back" as we expect to be loved in return, may or may not ever hug back, kiss back, even reach out to hold our hands or fingers when offered to him. WE do not know that he will ever even see us beyond as shadows. That all is so uncertain, and more uncertain as the time passses and he is not here to have brain surgery.
AND YET, Jesus reminded His disciples in Matthew 10:29-31 that even though sparrows are sold two for a copper coin,"
NOT ONE OF THEM FALLS TO THE GROUND APART FROM YOUR FATHER'S WILL. (But the very hairs of your head are numbered.) Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
I know that Daniel too is of far more value than the sparrows God keeps careful track of! So of course are Junior and Diamoh, and the too-many-other-waiting children. Psalm 91:11 is a verse I have clung to so many times and to the song mentioned as well. IN FACT, the night that our Caleb was born, my labor came on hard and fast,and our midwife had barely enough time to arrive to do any part of her job. In the midst of telling dear Charlie what we needed to do and have on hand, I KNEW, a week earlier, I had planned a stack of various phonograph records (yes...those!) next to the stereo for Caleb's birth. Huffing and puffing and panting I huffed "Next to the stereo. Records, 3rd album. PUT IT ON NOW!! Second side THIRD SONG PLEASE!!! Baby blankets are on the changing table, bring them in here. " YES in that order. What WAS the third album, second side third song? George Beverly Shea, in his beautiful rich voice singing
"HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER THEE TO KEEP THEE IN ALL THY WAYS."
That was the song playing as Caleb was born, just a moment or so later! I digress to memories of a 45 minute labor: start to finish. My point? I knew then and I know now that God is faithful. He does send His angels to keep charge over us, and His angels are ministering to our Daniel.
And those angels? That passage finishes up with verse 12:
David says a little while later "For You Lord have made me glad through Your work; I will TRIUMPH in the works of Your hands."
Today did not start out feeling like a day of triumph, but as I prayed and sought God though His Word, HE has made me glad. HE has, and He is causing me to TRIUMPH. With Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:14 I can proclaim, " Now thanks be to God who always leads us to TRIUMPH in Christ and through us difuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place!"