Behold, children are a gift of the Lord. Psalm 127:3
I’m from a small town about 40 minutes outside of Dallas. I moved to Tyler in 2005 to go to college. At the time, Tyler was the last place I wanted to be. I didn’t know anybody and I was struggling with some depression. But I quickly came across The Children’s Park. It became a safe haven for me. I was brought up in church. My parents were youth pastors and everyone in my family was in some type of ministry. But it wasn’t until this past July that the Lord got a hold of me. I teamed up with Him and He ever so gently showed me what was holding me back from receiving His love. It’s been an amazing 9 months learning to souly lean upon Him. For a really long time I felt like something was missing. I looked for love in all the wrong places. No matter what I tried to fill my pain with, I always walked away feeling so much emptier. I finally gave up on my quest for love and let the creator of love himself, reign in my life. About a month ago, the Lord revealed my calling to me. I felt like I was supposed to somehow work with single mothers. Long story short, He opened door after door for me and I ended up being able to help out at the pregnancy resource center at the TJC campus. Well, one day I was in the office just reading my bible and I looked down and I saw the book “Letters to my Glory Baby”. I just kind of looked at it and went back to what I was doing. But I couldn’t get the words “Glory Baby” out of my head. I knew it was familiar but I couldn’t connect it. For the last 3 months I’ve been going to The Children’s Park at least once a day. I find that it’s the only place I can really sort through my thoughts. God’s beauty is in every inch of that park. The next time I was at the pregnancy center, I saw the book again. I picked it up and started reading it. As the tears were falling down my face onto the pages, I began to realize how much the Lord really does care about each one of His children. I went to the park after work that day and just sat in awe in His presence. I began to think about how much peace and hope that park has brought me over the past couple of years. I looked up and saw all of the children playing in the park. There were about 20 of them, each with the biggest smiles imaginable. It was amazing to me to realize that even in my not knowing what that park was created for, I still knew it was God’s handiwork.