Encouragement & Hope
Submitted by Carolyn Hicklin
The Story of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac
1. The Lord was gracious to Sarah, just as he had said he would be. He did for Sarah what he had promised to do.
2. Sarah became pregnant. She had a son by Abraham when he was old. He was born at the exact time God had promised him.
3. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah had by him.
4. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him. He did it exactly as God had commanded him.
5. Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6. Sarah said, “God has given laughter to me. Everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”
7. She continued, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? But I’ve had a son by him when he is old.”
Genesis 21:1-7 (NIRV)
Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 years old when they finally received what they had longed for.
I read this story many times and prayed to God so many times he had to say to himself “Here she is again wanting a child; doesn’t she know the time will come ye of little faith.”
Mike and I had applied for adoption and had waited 11 years.
Around Christmas of 1980, I called the adoption agency and, of course, our case worker said it was going to be at least a year away,
So when we got the call at 4:00 p.m. on May 12, I couldn’t believe it. The case worker asked if Mike and I could come to her office the next day and sign paperwork. She would have a picture of our daughter. I was so excited, I forgot to call Mike until someone asked what Mike said. He was over the moon with excitement.
In six days, we had to set up the nursery, purchase everything that a baby would need. The only thing we had was a flower pot and macramé holder that I had made. Luckily we had two showers too.
Our daughter, Rebecca Niccole Hicklin (Becky/Becca) joined our family on May 18, 1981. The adoption agency said that they had considered eight couples for this child. They read our interview questions, references and our parent’s input statements. They were looking for a couple that worked together and were consistent. Even at two and half months, they knew Becca was a strong-willed child and had many challenges.
Abraham and Sarah waited many, many years for their own child. Have you waited for something for a long time?
Mike and I found that even in our darkest days of waiting we had hope.
I love this poem about adoption.
Legacy of an Adopted Child
Once there were two women
Who never knew each other.
One you only remember,
The other you call Mother.
Two different lives
Shaped to make yours one:
One became your guiding star,
The other became your sun.
The first gave you life
And the second taught you to live it.
The first gave you a need for love
And the second was there to give it.
One gave you a nationality,
The other gave you a name.
One gave you a seed of talent,
The other gave you an aim.
One gave you emotions,
The other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile,
The other dried your tears.
One gave you up –
It was all that she could do.
The other prayed for a child
And God led her straight to you.
And now you ask me
Through your tears,
The age-old question
Through the years:
Heredity or environment
Which are you a product of?
Neither, my darling– neither
Just two different kinds of love.
Becca was reunited with her birth mother at the age of 19. We have a special place in our hearts for her.
So in these days when we are waiting for a vaccine, let us be patient. Pray often, wear your masks, use social distancing and stay at home when possible.
He stands beside us as we patiently wait until the time is right for a vaccine. Do not give up hope.
Abraham and Sarah didn’t.
Mike and I didn’t.