Everyone who knows me knows that I have been praying for quite a while about a certain situation with a certain daughter, and most of you have been praying on my behalf for a resolution. I’ve also expressed my hesitation to get my hopes up at the slightest hint of change, because what usually happens isn’t what I’d expected. However, I thought I should share with you the most recent development in that ongoing saga because, my friends, prayers are being answered!
Last week about this time, I spoke with the dad-who-will-not-intervene about the daughter-who-will-not-call and asked him once again if he would make the girl call her mother. I was surprised to find out that he had already (so he said) “had this conversation with her” and that he had warned her that she would find herself living with her mom if she didn’t start doing what she was told. (Here’s where we pray that he runs out of patience.)
Seriously though, who knew the change we’ve been praying for would be in his heart? Praise God!
He said if she doesn’t call me, he’ll take her phone (that should put the fear in her.) I suggested that maybe he shouldn’t let her go anywhere with friends unless she calls me first. Then I thought if he’d already threatened to send her to me, maybe he’d be willing to follow through. So I asked if he would, and he actually said that if he was unable to reach her, he’d be coming after her! (On the other hand, he also said that he didn’t want to make it seem like living with me would be punishment, like I care at this point how she sees it.)
So here’s where we stand: If she starts calling me, I will have contact with her. If she doesn’t, I will go get her, and this time, her dad won’t be backing her up (if he meant what he said.) The best part is I’m no longer fretting over whether she returns my calls or not. And to be honest, I’m kinda hoping she doesn’t.
Although the issue isn’t fully resolved yet, I am gaining ground – and patience, and for that I am ever so thankful.