It happened so many years ago, but yesterday’s events, with the United States Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade, and all that ensued thereafter, brought it all back so clear to my memory. I share the following to reveal reality and to inspire hope, reminding all of us of the sovereignty of God.
I was the young pastor of a wonderful church in a rural area of the beautiful Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee. God has blessed my wife and me about a year and a half earlier with a beautiful and lively baby boy when one day, we joyfully learned that Judy was pregnant again. We believed then and do now that “children are a heritage of the Lord,” so this was exciting news.
Just a few short weeks afterward, I was working at Youth Camp while Judy and my son were staying with my mother and father.
I received an urgent call and left Camp immediately, but didn’t arrive until the miscarriage was over. We had lost our baby.
My beautiful wife was devastated; I felt so empty and sad, unable to say much of anything. My parents and hers were a great comfort, along with family and friends, who didn’t know what to say either but lifted us up in prayer. To this day, I can’t describe it, but to say that an emptiness engulfed us. But God, in His tender mercies, would fill that place.
Several months later, my wife gave birth to a beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby girl. We called her Aubrey, and she, and her big brother Jeremy, have given us years of happiness and eleven marvelous grandchildren. God’s mercy and loving-kindness are truly everlasting…….But that is not the end of this story…..
Approximately eleven years later, I was serving as State Youth and Christian Education Director of South Carolina. After family devotions, we had all gone to bed. I had not thought of the child we had lost in quite a while, as the business of ministry, life, and family filled my days. If ever in my life I was given a dream from the Lord, and it came that night in a very deep sleep in Mauldin, South Carolina.
I dreamed I was in Heaven, but not a jeweled and golden city, though I believe such a city exists, but where I was, there were luxurious, radiantly green fields filled with a sea of beautiful multicolored flowers, so gloriously beautiful they defied description and took one’s breath away.I was clothed in the softest garment of white I had ever worn, and I seemed to be in a perfect state, feeling better than I had ever felt. Suddenly across the field, a little girl with dark brown hair and brown eyes came running through the flowers with outstretched arms, crying, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy….I knew you would come,” and she leaped into my arms. I can feel her hug to this day. I heard a beautiful voice above saying, “David, this is your daughter; she is not lost. I have always had her.” The dream and the voice are as real right this moment as I write, as it was that night.
I didn’t want to wake up, but I awoke weeping and the Spirit witnessing through me in a very beautiful heavenly language. Judy awakened, and I shared the dream, and we both wept again with both joy and sadness.
I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that God is the giver and Creator of life. The atheists, cynics, and those who consider themselves a mass of evolved cells are living in a horrible satanically inspired deception. God will judge harshly those who have and who will continue to slay the innocent. Their justification for such acts is the reasoning of those “who professing themselves to become wise they became fools.” Romans 1:22
God knows, God sees, and God loves the little children……I know.
Dr. David M. Griffis