“I don’t know all the details about this particular mom, but I do know that when she became pregnant, she believed she was not able to take care of her child. Yet she refused to have an abortion. Instead, she brought her child to term and gave birth to a precious little girl on her own.
Then she took that newborn baby girl, wrapped her in a light-blue cloth, placed her in brown paper box, and in the middle of the night laid her in front of an orphanage for children with special needs. The orphanage found this baby girl the next morning and conducted a search for her mother, only to come up empty.
Though I don’t know who that mom is, I thank God for her. Because of her courage…a little girl was able to live. And ever day when I come home from work, that little girl comes running up to me with a smile spread across her face, jumps into my arms, yells, “Daddy!” and gives me the biggest bear hug you can imagine.”
As I read those words from David Platt’s book Counter Culture I couldn’t help but find my mind and my heart turning to the story of a little girl who will one day call me “daddy”. It seems unthinkable to most to imagine just abandoning our children. It is hard for us to imagine how someone could just leave a child on a street or in a park and walk away.
Somewhere, though, there is a mom and dad who through great heartache and struggle are doing the only thing they know to do to offer their child a chance at life. Though they may have a great love for their child, they make a sacrifice for their child leaving them to be found in the hopes that their child will receive the care that the child needs which they know they cannot provide. Chances are it is not a lack of love that drives a parent to do the unthinkable but it is a love for this child that compels them to do the unthinkable in order to offer their child the gift of life.
Some may think that Jenny and I are making great sacrifices to save a child. The truth is somewhere right now there is a mom or dad who is making a greater sacrifice to save this child and Jenny and I are the lucky ones who will reap the blessing of this sacrifice as we get to raise this little girl as our own. I pray daily for this mom and dad – that God would give them comfort and peace and that they might know just how grateful we are for the sacrifice they have made for our daughter.