Friday, March 20, 2009

Rocking Babies...

My DH and I have recently joined a new church and I have been submerging myself in all they have to offer. I joined the Young Married Women's Group, I participate in the Esther Bible Study, and most recently volunteered to serve in the Children's Ministry.

I really wanted to give something back to our church family and to God for all the blessings that we have received...and I KNEW I would be great with children---afterall, I have been in education for over 13 years now. I filled out the paperwork through the church to be able to work with the children and anxiously awaited my assignment and dates to start working with the children. Well, I was NOT at ALL prepared for the assignment I received...0-12 month BABIES! Yes, you read that correctly...I was in shock and disbelief that God would put me in a situation surrounded by the ONE thing I long for more than have a baby of my own.

After a LOT of prayer, I decided to take my assignment and just SEE how I would feel rocking babies. Two weeks ago I walked into the nursery and couldn't wait to get my hands on the two little cuties crawling around the play area. Both babies were 5-6 months and were just like little ants...EVERYWHERE! As the second service got closer to starting, more and more babies were brought into the nursery. We maxed out on 14 babies (remember, all the babies are 0-12 months) and 4 adults!!! I spent the enter hour and half, going from one baby to another...rocking this one to sleep, feeding another one, playing with blocks with this one, changing dirty diapers, etc. I literally walked out of the nursery and thought...this is what those parents with multiples must feel like (and I only cared for these babies for an hour and half). I seriously came home and took a two hour nap!!!

Last Sunday, I served again in the nursery and we had just as many babies and just as many adults...but this time, I knew what to expect and enjoyed EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of it! At one point, I was sitting Indian-style on the floor with one baby asleep in my lap, I was holding another baby in my arms, and rocking another baby with my foot in a rocker. One of the parents came in to pick up their baby and she said to me..."Wow are GOOD at this!" I can't tell you what an AWESOME compliment that was to me and how much it truly touched me.

This entire experience brings me to this verse...

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed." ~ Proverbs 16:3

I am always asking myself, "Is what I am doing moving me towards God's plan for me?" or "Is this my purpose in life?" Well, I must admit...I was questioning the reasoning behind why He put me in a situation with 14 babies...and I think I know my answer now. I am committing myself to the Lord and He will help me succeed. I know that He is preparing me for the day when I will become a parent.


Kendra said...

awww...I love that story!!! You are going to be a GREAT mom!!

Heather said...

This is SO AWESOME, Lianna! We work once a month in our church nursery, too, but that many babies stress me out!!! :) I have been relieved as Connor-boo got older and they got a little more "manageable!" Sounds like you are doing a great job, right where God wants you to be!
Have a great weekend!

Stuart and Sarah Creamer said...

I completely understand. I am actually working in our nursery with 1 and 2 year olds. I love being with the kids. I was nervous at first too- knowing how desperately I long for a child. God knows what He is doing. We just have to trust Him!

Stephanie said...

I found your blog through Kelly's. And I found myself in your words. I have been put in the same place through God's plans for me and I asked the same questions of myself and of him...why why why? At the end of the day, I found how much I enjoyed being there, how little ones that I hadn't known before that time touched me so and I found a little sadness but most of all I found reassurance that I was in the place that I was intended to be. Within a couple of months of that day, we received a call about the little girl that we have now adopted. We just have to be patience and wait for him to prepare our path and plan. Stephanie