October 12, 2009…
This night will be in my mind forever. I attended a Jewish class that teaches people to hear God through visions and dreams. It was only the third time I had attended. For whatever reason, this particular day, I had been feeling stressed. I don’t get stressed out… I am usually a zero on the stress-o-meter, but I was at least a 2 or 3 tonight. My friend and co-worker, Kristy, pulled me out of the prayer meeting and asked me what was wrong.
I said, “I think I am worried about Gabriella and whether or not she will be beautiful to us.” The whole conversation and my thought process seemed rather ridiculous because I have so much faith in God, that doubting such a simple thing was just not lining up with how big my God is. Kristy and I had a brief conversation and then we went back in to the meeting.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, "Give them up!" and to the south, "Do not hold them back." Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth - everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.
At the end of the evening, we were to get together with another person and ask the Lord to give us a “picture” for each other. The lady next to me, whom I did not know, nor had ever seen, took my hands, prayed in tongues for a minute or so, and then said the following:
“I see a delicate lavender rose that you have placed your hands around as though you have cupped it. You are worried about the petals falling off and getting bruised, but God is saying that He is taking care of the rose.” Annie Jones
I do not know this lady. She did not know my life’s circumstances. She just explained a picture that she received from the Lord. I wrote frantically what she said before I forgot it. She looked at me with a strange look and asked, "Does that mean anything to you?" I told her it did, but didn't say anything more.
I was excited and shocked. I knew EXACTLY what that “picture” meant, but I did not share anything with Annie until the next week after I had a few minutes to share with my friends Kristy and her friend Jennifer.
This was the interpretation I received from the vision.
The word lavender was chosen for two reasons. First, the little girl that we are adopting has always been known to us as our little Princess. Lavender is a young purple color and purple is the color of royalty. A Queen would be a deep purple while a Princess could be considered a lavender color.
The second reason I believe God chose this word was for me to clearly know that He was speaking specifically about Gabriella. Not only because she is our “Princess Baby”, but also because I put a lavender scent on her Giraffee-moo-moo blanket each week.
Jennifer thought that the rose was chosen because it is delicate. As a fragile flower, it needs a lot of attention and care just like our special needs adopted Princess will need when she comes home. Jennifer said that roses need our full-time attention. I looked up the word rose in a Bible-based dictionary of dream symbols and found out that “rose” is used to display the glory of God, a beautiful expression of His love, and to speak “love”. Gabriella, then, would be our love, the one we love.
We are so blessed to know with confidence that God is taking care of our little Princess and her paperwork.