Mighty to Save

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June will be 6 years since Maicol moved in with us for “2 weeks.” Early on John and I started talking about our desire to adopt him…to make him a permanent part of our family. We didn’t want to ask the mom, though; we were worried she’d “freak out” and take him from us. About a year in, she asked us if we wanted to adopt him. YES!! We hired a lawyer to start the process. Her advice was to start with guardianship and then move on to adoption. The day we finally had an appointment to meet with the judge, his mom pulled our lawyer aside and said, “This is just for guardianship, right? I don’t want him to be adopted.” What a kick in the gut. But we knew she was leaving for Germany 3 days later, and we’d likely never see her again. We knew it wasn’t that she didn’t want him to be with us but that she didn’t want us to officially adopt him because she felt that would give people reason to talk badly about her. If only that had been the worse news of the day! I had figured our meeting with the judge was going to be an open and closed case. We wanted guardianship, the mother wanted us to have it, done. Sign the papers and go to the Embassy to get his visa so he could travel with us to the States. But the judge was not at all keen on the idea. It was just bizarre. I remember him asking, “Why can’t you just give him money to help him?” We do that with countless children and families…but he’s lived with us for a year now–HE IS OUR SON. It’s not that we want to merely help him, it’s that we love him and he’s ours! Thankfully, the social worker and psychologist were in agreement that we should be granted guardianship, so after a couple of month’s wait, we received our paper work. We were thrilled until we got to the final page where the judge specified that he was not granting traveling privileges–what? He’d never be able to go to the States and meet our family and friends there. How in the world were we supposed to spend a month or two each year separated? So, we appealed his decision. It took 3 months to have it overturned, but, as you all know, it was, and we’ve been able to make many amazing memories with him and so many of you during our trips to the States.

During the time we were waiting for the original paperwork and then again during the three months of agonizing wait to see if the appeal would be in our favor, there was a song that ministered to me like no other–Mighty to Save. “Savior, he can move the mountains” We’d sing it in English at the English service on Sunday mornings and in Spanish at the Friday night services at the tent. I would raise both hands as high in the air as I could and raise myself up on my tip-toes as if I was trying to reach into heaven itself and grab onto some shred of hope that it was all going to work out. He was going to move these mountains on our behalf!

I haven’t heard the song in forever, but I found it on my iPod and am just weeping! The chorus and 2nd verse say:
Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.

Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

So take me as You find me,
All my fears and failures,
Fill my life again.

I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in,
Now I surrender.

My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

God knew 5 years ago (He knew from before the beginning of time, actually!) that I would need this song at just this moment to minister to me again. So here I am, reaching up into heaven itself grasping for a shred of hope that this is all going to work out!

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3 Responses

  1. Jo Hannah
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    Praise the Lord. He is tender toward us and so very strong. Thank you for sharing this, Melissa.

  2. Melissa
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    Thank you for sharing this Melissa. I’m not a big social media person and just found out about Maicol’s passing away yesterday. I was just shocked and so upset. I’m so glad I got to meet him. What a smile! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love your way and I wish I could hug you and just sit with you.

  3. Shannon
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    Praying for you all!!!

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