May 3, 2012 older child adoption, Sonia 9 Comments

I took Jacob down to the bay a few days ago
and it was as he tip toed into the water
and began to play


And it occurred to me how his presence there and then in that moment
on that bay
was affecting change in the water.

There were ripples.

And how his presence here
he in our lives
and us in his
is affecting change and causing ripples that will last into eternity.

It starts with Jacob sure
but it begins to get farther and farther from him
his impact growing more and more and ever more.



His life.

His future.

His salvation.

His children.

Their future.

His grandchildren.

And on and on and ever on it will flow.

I don’t often see it.
The ripple that is.

I see the boy.
I see the homework.
I see the baseball games.
I see the goodnight stories.
I see the dirty socks he can’t manage to get into the hamper.
I see his smile.


But though I don’t give it much notice
or pay it much daily attention
the ripple is indeed there.
And it’s growing
and it’s beautiful
and it annoys the ever loving snot out of the enemy
because what he meant for evil
HE intended for good.

Jacob’s ripple does not stop at orphan.
Without hope.

His future is forever changed
his ripple headed in a different direction now

and sitting right behind him that day was me
someone he calls mom
and ever thankful for


You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20

9 responses to “Ripples”

  1. Ashley says:

    What a wonderful post. The words, the pictures, the Scripture…all woven together so beautifully.
    So thankful for a loving God who makes all things new!

  2. Kam says:

    Amen to that! So very true. I was just talking about that very verse yesterday with some friends in regards to our little prince’s story…and how others had given up on him. But praise God for the ripples! In them we see Jesus…and how He is using detail after detail for our good and His glory! Great post!

  3. Lisa Murphy says:

    Gosh, Sonia, that is one beautiful post…but I expect nothing less from you!!! Thank you for reminding me of the wonderful ripples that we’ve created in our lives:)

  4. Kim says:

    The ripple of your life Sonia has impacted mine! Thank you!
    Love & Blessings,

  5. Donna O. says:

    Sonia, you are so wise. Knowing you has been such a blessing. I miss you.

  6. Aus says:

    Sonia – brilliant writing – brilliant child – but best is brilliant understanding / insight / knowledge. You’ve experienced a rare Gift from the Father – a glimpse of insight to understanding the Master’s Plan. There are those who would say – correctly – that you can’t put your foot into the same river twice, because as the water flows the river changes in a million different ways….but you see more clearly…you can not put your foot into the same river once…for in that instant the river changed.

    Our kids will make the world what it will be….oh look what we have done….and what we have yet to do!

    Thanks for “getting it” – and thanks for sharing it too!

    hugs – aus and co.

  7. Laine Ferrill says:

    I think his mama is causing some wonderful ripples as well! 🙂
    Love this!

  8. Stefanie says:

    Beautiful, Sonia. So grateful that God allows us to be a part of His plan for these kiddos!

  9. Beautiful. Just….beautiful. That is truly encouraging. 🙂

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