Devotional Readings

The Desires of Our Hearts

Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4, NASB.

Since the birth of our third child, a son, I had been begging, pleading, and yes, you might say even nagging, my poor husband to adopt a little girl. We had one daughter and two sons, and he just couldn’t understand why I wanted another baby so badly.

I had been an only child for 11 years and had always wanted lots of children so no child would have to be alone. When the doctor told me I could have no more children, I was devastated, but I knew there was another way to have children, and that was adoption.

I am a firm believer in prayer, so I prayed that God would change my husband’s heart and help him to also want to adopt a little girl. I was sure that would be in God’s plan, but year after year went by, and still my husband was opposed to the idea.

Then one morning, when our son youngest was 9, my husband walked into the bedroom where I was making the bed and calmly informed me that he had been thinking about it and had decided that it was probably a good idea for us to adopt a little girl. Almost without giving it another thought, I replied, “But honey, now it would be like raising her all alone; I think we should adopt twins.” As he rolled his eyes, I knew that even though he was going to sputter, my prayers had been answered–times two. It was all in God’s perfect timing.

Our physician, who was on the board of a well-known adoption agency, was a big help to us. At first there were no twins available, but when the time was right, the agency placed identical twin girls with us.

For nine years I had questioned why God was not answering my prayers for a baby girl, but I just thank Him every day that He saw fit to have me wait until the perfect time for the perfect little girls to become a part of our family. For 36 years they have been such a wonderful part of our lives, and we have no doubt that they were God’s gift to us.

Nine years seemed like a long time to wait for an answer, but it was perfect timing, and God answered our prayers at just the right time. If He had listened to my demands and given me what I thought I wanted when I wanted it, we never would have known these beautiful daughters. He truly gave me the desires of my heart.

–Anna May Radke Waters


from A Word from Home
Ardis Stenbakken (editor) | Review & Herald (2005)
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