It was a rather odd place to find God – a banking office. I should never be surprised, of course, where God will pop up in that it happens to me quite often. But it still amazes where God likes to make appearances in day-to-day living.
I had some business to conduct. She was a very kind and helpful officer who seemed like she really wanted to get my business handled with efficiency and correctness. As it turns out, however, the thirty minutes we had together ended up being – as both she and I agreed – a time that we needed to further think about. We began talking about family – very quickly for both of us this became a revealing and somewhat sensitive topic. Due to her willingness to be open, I shared some of my story. We began to share and compare notes. And in the end, we both agreed that we are richly blessed people who should never take anything for granted, everything has a purpose, and our job is to keep walking as steadily as we are able.
Her adopted twins from Russia are a challenge. She thinks the sister will be okay and will thrive but the brother is struggling in school and socially. He is, she admits, “a little off but we knew that when we went to Russia to bring them home.” They need love and patience, she said. They were abandoned by their mother – a known alcoholic and drug user.
She told me something an adolescent counselor told her recently. The counselor said, “I can’t prove it or have any way to verify it, but the way the siblings care for each other even now, it’s almost as if your son began taking care of his sister even in the womb of their sick mother. Your daughter has everything that your son doesn’t. It’s as if he gave her whatever he had so she would be okay – even at his own expense.”
Again, as I left, we both agreed that we are a richly blessed people and we need to be incredibly thankful for what we have – health and opportunity. And we should also consider – who might have given all of themselves so we can be who we are?