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God is Always on Time

Today's guest writer is Phyllis Watson.  Phyllis and I used to work together and I can tell you, this woman's heart is pure and Christ-filled.  Have you ever met someone and you just knew they loved everyone they came in contact with?  Well, that's Phyllis.  Today she shares the touching story of her daughter and son-in-law's adoption process and of course, how God's timing for it was well...perfect.

It was July 16, 2010 and I was being pushed into the operating room.  While getting ready for my surgery, the nurse began making small talk and asked me how many grandchildren I had.  Looking up at her I said, “None, but my daughter and son-in-law are going to adopt.  They just finished their paper work July 1st."  She asked when they would get a baby and I looked up at her and said, “Today would be a good day."

My surgery went well and as I returned to my room, my daughter was trying to show me a picture on her phone.  “Isn't he cute? This is him!”

Am I dreaming or still asleep?

"Mama they sent us a picture and he is so cute, look!”  He was beautiful but I still did not completely understand.

My daughter and son-in-law immediately texted back and said yes they were interested in him.

They were told they were one of five families who asked for him.

Four days later they were chosen.

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.
Psalms 127:3 (NLT)

The Lord’s timing was perfect when it came to Rebecca and Chris’ adoption process.

The social worker in charge of placing the baby had been in the same building at the very time Rebecca and Chris were completing their adoption interview.  She never saw them but she heard Chris' great laugh from another room.  “This baby should be with someone so happy.”  “He is such a happy baby, he needs a father like him,” she said.

God’s perfect timing.

It was three weeks into July and they got to pick the baby up.  He was three months old.  Samuel Ransom, named for my grandfather who I never got to meet and the story of Hannah in the Bible.  He was a precious gift given to us at the exact right time.

God answered a couple’s long-standing prayer, chose a time when we were distracted, allowed a social worker to hear a man's strong laugh, and gave a little boy a forever family.  A wonderful time began and has continued from that day.  

On April 24th, Sam celebrated his third birthday.

Phyllis' son in law Chris, grandson Sam, and daughter Rebecca
Credit: Rebecca Autry

Phyllis, Sam, and Phyllis' husband John
Credit: Phyllis Watson

To God be the glory great things he hath done!

Phyllis' story speaks to how God can use anything to fulfill His plan!  He used Chris' laugh to get the attention of the social worker.  What a mighty God we serve!

Will you join me in praying for Chris, Rebecca, and sweet Sam?  Chris and Rebecca are church planters currently serving in Pennsylvania.  Help me lift them up and pray that God will provide them with all the resources and help they need to bring the Lord to the people in Pennsylvania.   


  1. What a great story! God blesses this child with great parents and a wonderful grandmother for sure. I can't believe he is already 3. So cute!

  2. I attended Public School and Sunday School with John Watson for years as a child. His Mother was a very good friend with my mom...both of them were Sunday School teachers and were two of the best influences in my young life. I have never met Sam but one thing I do know is he has two strong Christian filled Grandparents. I had the honor of meeting Sam's grandmother Phyllis about a year ago and from what few minutes I had the pleasure of talking with her...I know she is a very delightful person and well spoken of by my Aunt Sarah Strother that passed away a few days before meeting Phyllis. Aunt Sarah's words were, "Phyllis is a very sweet lady and she does a wonderful job at teaching Sunday School." God blesses people in so many ways...Sam has been a wonderful blessing to so many and am sure he has been blessed by wonderful parents and grandparents that truly love him and the Lord.


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