Thursday, February 17, 2011

~♥♥~ The Gift of A Name ~♥♥~


"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches." Proverbs 22:1

This is a story about . . . . ME!
When I was a little girl, like most children, I had a favorite bedtime story. I loved this story so much I wanted to hear it over and over again. It went like this . . . . Once upon a time there was a Pastor, his wife and two teenage daughters, who wanted to add a baby to their family, but the wife wasn't able to have any more children and the two daughters wanted a baby more than anything! So the parents, Cornie and Joan, told the girls it would take a miracle for them to add a baby to their family. These two girls, Eleanor and Joyce, decided to pray that God would send them a baby. These young girls faith was strong and they believed God had a baby just for them. They heard on the news one night that someone had found a baby at a garbage dump so on the next dump day they begged their Dad to let them go along. They were sure they would find their new baby there. To their disappointment all they found was garbage! Their next great plan was to get babysitting jobs and hope and pray that someone wanted to give their baby away. When all of this failed and they were so disappointed, Cornie and Joan told the girls to keep praying and have faith. One day, out of the clear blue, in October 1949, the phone rang in the Rientjes household. Joan was home alone and took the call. The ladies voice on the other end said, "You don't know me, but I heard your husband, Pastor Rientjes, on a Christian radio broadcast give your family's testimony about being missionaries in Alaska and having an orphanage there before you came to Bellevue, Washington. I am having a baby and my husband isn't the father so I would like you to adopt it. Would you be interested?" Joan almost dropped the phone before she replied, "Would we be interested? This could be the answer to our prayers!" Then, click! The lady hung up! Was this a joke, was this lady serious, would she call back? When Cornie came home Joan told him and they decided not to tell the girls and get their hopes up in case this might not be for real. Now it is November 1949 and the Rientjes family is at the breakfast table having their morning devotions. Joan is reading the Bible and has just read Romans 9:9. "For this is the word of promise. At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son." Ring, ring goes the phone! Joan jumps to answer it and the voice at the other end says, "This is Eva, your baby was born on the 22nd and it is ready for you to pick up. I am at the Sandpoint Naval Hospital. Please come as soon as possible!" Click and the call has ended! Joan goes back to the table with the amazing news! Our baby is ready to pick up! Cornie says, "I wonder if it is a boy or a girl?" To which Joan replies,"It is a girl and we are to name her Sara!" Cornie laughs and asks, "What makes you think that?" Joan says, "Think about it. We just read Romans 9:9 and it said Sara shall have a son. I believe God is telling us our baby is a girl and we are to name her Sara!" Cornie and the girls chuckle and say, "Maybe it's a boy!" A little later at the hospital, with much joy and anticipation, the Rientjes family go to Eva's room. They chat a bit and Eva says, "I want to tell you something. The baby is a girl and I gave her a name. You don't have to keep it, but I have five sons and I always wanted a little girl. I know I can't keep her, but I wanted to give her something, so I named her Saralee." Now you might say this is a coincidence . . . but our family believes it is divine providence!

The Rientjes Family
December 1949
Cornie, Joan, Eleanor, Joyce & Baby Saralee

My thoughts . . .
The name Saralee means Princess. My Heavenly Father is the King of Kings . . . therefore, I am a Princess to the King of Kings! It doesn't get any better than that!

Some Significant Adoptions
Moses: by Pharaoh's daughter Exodus 2:10 & Acts 7:21
Esther: by her Uncle Mordecai Esther 2:7 and 15
Jesus Christ: adopted by Joseph Luke 1:34-35 & Luke 2:48
All true believers in Jesus Christ: adopted by God John 1:12 Galatians 4:4-5 Ephesians 1:4-5

First and foremost I am overwhelmed that I am adopted by God and I am a child of the King! Next, I am thankful everyday that God, in His infinite wisdom, chose for me the most awesome family that only some could dream of having! I am blessed beyond measure!

9 comments:

Beth said...
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Beth said...

Oops, I deleted my comment to fix a typo...I didn't realize it would say so on the blog, lol.
I was trying to say that I loved your story. It is so wonderful and heartwarming. I love the ways that God chooses to let us know he's there, working things out for us. You are truly blessed! xoxo Beth

h. rae said...

Saralee,

This is an amazing story of your birth and the miracles that brought you to your family. How precious and awe-inspiring! I'm so glad you shared this with your readers. It is too wonderful to keep to yourself. God is a miracle worker! Did your birth mother keep in contact with you at all? It must have been so hard for her to give you up, but what a story!

ellisecamp said...

I love this story about you coming into our family! I can't tell you how happy Joyce and I were having a new sister. I was 13 years old when you arrived...so I know Mom was very happy to have built in baby sitters! I couldn't get enough of you, and spent most of my baby sitting money on you! You are a great sister and I love you!
Ellie

Cherry said...

Dear Saralee.....you are a beautiful lady....I love your blog...your story about you is so beautifully wonderful....Wow!...God is Good!

Shilo Taylor said...

Thank you for sharing this Saralee! It encourages and strengthens my faith- and affirms that God loves to write creative, redemptive stories that glorify Him. Nice to meet you, by the way :).

M said...

What a touching story Sara Lee. I am deeply impressed of your life. They raised you to a beautiful woman something to be proud of.

Many kisses Elonda

Brenda said...

Saralee Even though I have heard this amazing story I could read it everyday anmd wished that more gals or guys could have had the loving home you have had and still do with God in their life.You are so blessed with the children and grandkids and your dad still with you.This is a blessing on its own.. Thank you so much for sharing your story..Again you are so Blessed.. Hugs xoxo Brenda

Heather said...

What a miracle! That is the most beautiful story. What an amazing gift from God. I am so happy that you shared your story with us, Saralee!
Take care,
Heather