Look and see what God can do to a wasteland!
As we approach the apex of hurricane season, I was thinking about Cape Coral and Sanibel Island after Hurricane Charlie, and the two storms that followed on its heels. I remember that it took over a month for me to be able to ride my bike in my Cape Coral neighborhood without weeping. The familiar community and beautifully landscaped yards experienced so much destruction. And the first time I went out to Sanibel after the storms, I was devastated to discover all the natural foliage along the roadways which was part of Sanibel Island’s charm, was gone. God’s beautiful creation, devastated by the storms.
I found myself comparing that devastation with our girls. They started life like any other beautiful new born baby. God’s beautiful creation. Oh, but the storms that they endure! Parents addicted to drugs or alcohol. Their fathers, and sometimes even their mothers, incarcerated. Shuffled from one relative to the next or becoming a ward of the state.
Over the years, I have seen it all. Grandparents who were “stuck” raising a grandchild and decided that they could at least make some money on the deal by trafficking that little girl. A single mom using her baby daughter as a cover for dealing drugs. Those little girls grow up looking for an escape from their lives. Is it any wonder that they end up “falling in love” with the first man who says nice things to them? Who promises them a way out? And more devastation happens.
Ah, but like the wasteland after the storm is slowly restored and recreated, so too are the lives of our young moms. After hurricane Charlie’s devastation, gradually I saw the beauty of newly constructed additions to homes, new and improved pool cages, landscape projects that, without a doubt with time and care, had the potential to be even more beautiful than what was there before the storm. And when I take a ride to Sanibel, the foliage has grown back! And the island seems more charming than ever.
The girls…an unplanned pregnancy and prince charming taking off like a bolt of lightning! Feelings of abandonment and desperation. Discovering Lifeline Family Center. Cleaning up the debris from the storm. Wanting to hold on to the old stuff…finally letting it go and discovering God’s promises… “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord…plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) “Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation…the old has passed away, behold the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
What was there before the storm became a wasteland in the wake of the storm…but oh my, the potential that is there! With time and care, just look and see what God can do to a wasteland! Thank you for being part of His restoration plan!
For Truth and life,
President/ Executive Director