Looking After Georgia

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4, ESV

Six months ago Miss Georgia walked into my life. Yesterday I walked into probate court to become her legal guardian.

Why would a busy mom with two young girls choose such a massive undertaking? Most in attendance yesterday were dumbfounded and skeptical, no doubt questioning my true motives.

The answer is simple. I chose to help Georgia because Christ chose to die for me. How could I not show His love to her when I have been loved so much? How I could I ignore the commands of Scripture that are quite clear on caring for the poor and needy?

The social worker, hospital lawyer, and public administrator each asked me point-blank, “You do have a plan, don’t you?” Although the specifics are still being worked out, my plan is to take one day at a time, trusting God for wisdom into how to meet Georgia’s needs – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Being Georgia’s legal guardian is something I cannot possibly do on my own. My strength is insufficient. Thankfully, God’s power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). When I am weak, He is strong. That promise is comforting to me, especially right now when I have more questions than answers. The Lord will guide me. He knows what’s best for Georgia.

How easy it would have been on December 13, 2010, to have driven past the elderly woman walking on that bitterly cold day. How much more convenient it would have been on May 26, 2011, to let the government determine her quality of life.

Just as God prompted me that Monday to turn my car around and offer Georgia a ride, He also laid it upon my heart to consider her interests as if she were my own grandmother.

Being Miss Georgia’s caretaker will involve many responsibilities. I don’t have to worry, though, because I’m not really the guardian of Georgia’s life. God is. He is her Protector. The Lord will order our steps as we travel this road together. I’m excited about what He has planned for us. Let the journey begin!