The Serendipity of February 24
Serendipity—a fortunate happenstance or pleasant surprise—is one of those ways God works in our lives. It’s certainly the word that came to mind when I received the date for today’s blog assignment way back in December.
Today is my daughter’s birthday. But back when my baby girl was only three days old, in 1979, I relinquished her to adoption. Life is tough, but nothing broke my heart quite as much as giving up my baby.
A closed adoption, year after year I quietly celebrated Sarah’s birthday. Each year the Lord sent me some pleasant surprise to let me know He had not forgotten me. Often pink flowers from a friend, or a card saying “Thinking of you” with pink flowers on the front. The serendipitous aspect was the gifts were always from friends with no idea of the significance of Feb. 24.
These friends didn’t know about my “secret” child, or about the day that I came out of the hospital to find a bouquet of spring flowers anonymously delivered to my apartment. Dotting that bouquet were several long-stemmed pink carnations that reminded me of the little pink pompoms on the sweater that I had just sent my baby Sarah away in to her new parents.
It was through those serendipitous pink flowers I felt the Father’s whisper throughout my journey as birth mother, at the time of my relinquishment, throughout the long years she was raised as someone else’s child, and to our reunion and afterward, when she became the model on the front cover of my first novel, Shadowed in Silk.
Irish-born Christine Lindsay is author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. Christine’s ancestry inspires her writing, but it was her experience in relinquishing her baby girl to adoption that sets the spiritual tone of Christine’s novels. Her non-fiction book of her birth mother experience, Finding Sarah—Finding Me, will be released Aug. 15, 2016.