Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wonderful Works

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.  I know that full well.” 

-Psalm 139:13-14

I repeated these words over and over in my heart and in my head as I was going through testing and procedures to figure out what was “wrong” with me...what was keeping me from getting pregnant.  There were (are) moments when I would despise my body because it couldn’t do the thing that women are supposed to do.  What was wrong with my body?  Over and over the Lord would reassure me, “Kat, I created your inmost being; I knit you together in your mother’s womb.  You ARE fearfully and wonderfully made; My works are wonderful!” 

Last weekend Isaiah and I were at a craft fair called the Giving Market at Apex Baptist Church.  As we approached one of the booths, there they were...those words, printed beautifully and matted.  Isaiah and I saw it at the same time, looked at one another and nodded, one of us said, “For the baby’s room.”  We both teared up.  Isaiah knew this verse had been so significant to me, and we also knew that it would be amazing truth for our child.  The vendor, a precious woman around my age, saw us getting emotional and Isaiah actually had to walk away for a moment to gather himself.  I looked at her tearfully and said, “We’d like to get this for our baby’s room.”  Her gaze held question, so I said, “We are adopting, and this verse is very significant to us.”  At this point Isaiah came back and we chatted a little more with the woman.  As she got our print ready, she handed it to us and said, “I want to give this to you.”  As the words came out of her mouth, she began to cry...and not just a little bit, she actually started sobbing.  Of course we began to lose it too.  We waited a little bit thinking she may share more with us, but she was too emotional to speak.  Even though there were no words, we felt her grieving with us.  Her tears said, “I see the pain you’ve endured.  I see the longing of your hearts.”  Her generosity to give us the print reminded us of God’s goodness and faithfulness.  We walked away teary-eyed, but once again reminded that God’s hand is in this adoption.  He may be knitting our child together as I write this blog, and like Mary, I am pondering all these things in my heart and full of gratitude that God leads us tenderly.  His works are wonderful!


  1. LOVE this post! And LOVE that I got to hear you share it!!

  2. Praise God for what He has done and what He is doing!! Soon and very soon the day will come when we all get to see you hold your little baby in your arms. He is being made for your family and for your hearts but he is going to bless so many as he makes his journey home. Praise God!

  3. Jill told me the story and I have come here to read it again! I love how the Lord reveals Himself in everything! So awesome!

  4. As the mother of 3 adopted children (and another one who also dealt with infertility), you will find God's plan is best. When God brings your little one into your lives, you will forget the time of mourning. Much in the same way that the psalmist says, "weeping may stay for the night but rejoicing comes in the morning." (Ps. 30:5 NIV)

    The ache in your heart will heal and your won't remember the time of waiting.

    Standing with you in prayer . . .

  5. Kat and Isaiah,
    We will continue to keep you in our prayers and can't wait to see your sweet family grow! You have touched our children in amazing ways and for that we thank you.-The Huntleys

  6. I cried as I read this..tears of sadness for the pain that this journey has brought you...and tears of joy and anticipation for the day we welcome your baby home. Love you both like crazy!!

  7. This is so touching to hear the tenderness of Christ reach down and meet you at a craft fair. I love to hear stories of the way God knits families together in His timing. Like my story of David and my longing for him for 3 years, I know God is bring you the most special child the two of you will ever know and he/she will be the most loved Whelpley baby. There is much to celebrate in your journey to glorify God. Praying for baby Whelpley to come "fastly" (as Taylor used to pray for her brother).

  8. I was moved to tears. Your humbleness in sharing this journey with each of us is such a precious gift. Marjorie Morris