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True life stories that display Biblical Characteristics 

Consistency

I Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord



The young lady silently wept as the doctor gave her the bad news. As her husband tenderly held her hand, the solemn-faced physician told her that she would never be able to bear children. As tears quietly filled her eyes, she and her husband left the physician’s office with broken hearts and a thousand questions. As the days progressed, she asked herself, “What did I do to deserve this?” Her mother had eleven children and she just wanted one little baby.  Over and over the words of the doctor echoed through her mind and it continually brought her to tears. Yet for some strange reason, the consistent desire to become a mother grew stronger every day.

 

Seven years later, someone mentioned the possibility of adoption. Immediately her mind began to spin and her heart began to pound in her chest. She knew that adoption procedures would cost a lot of money and it had the possibility of countless heartaches. Yet, the still small voice inside her was constantly placing motherhood upon her heart. When she could not bear the pressure any more, she reverentially bowed her head and said, “Where do I begin?” 

 

After what seemed to be a lifetime of filling out forms, phone calls, writing letters and attorney fees, the day finally came when the husband and wife went to the lawyer’s office. Would they receive a boy or a girl? Would the baby have black hair or blonde hair? Would it be healthy? When the attorney entered the room, he carried a tiny baby girl. With tears in his eyes, he ever so gently placed the baby girl into the arms of the lady that she would later call mom. The six week old little baby had auburn colored hair and was as healthy as could be. The couple wept for joy because they knew that this was the child that they were to have. The consistent prayers of the young woman were answered and the 29 year old wife instantly became a mother.

 

Two more years went by and the mother could not explain her desire to adopt yet another child. That consistent desire was within her heart and the adoption procedure started all over again to find the one that would make their family complete. A few months later a brown haired baby girl of eight weeks old was placed into her arms.

 

The character of consistency can be defined as being persistent against all obstacles. It is displayed here within the heart of a woman who was told she would never be a mother. Against all odds, she persevered to fulfill the calling of God upon her life. She was a mother now to two little girls who were turned away from their biological families. She consistently gave them a home to live in, clothes to wear, food to eat, and enough love to last them the rest of their lives. She was under no moral obligation to adopt either. Yet, due to a consistent call upon her heart to become a mother, she chose to do it twice.

 

Years quietly rolled by and just like before she went to a doctor. Another solemn-faced physician entered a room and delivered to her the bad news. This time it was cancer. Again she tried to compose herself but as the tears began to swell she began to cry. Eventually every possible treatment to cure her was tried but none were successful. Eventually she quietly resigned to the fact that she had completed her calling in life to become a mother. With her daughters by her side she departed from this world of sorrow to the world where her Savior awaited. 

 

To the young woman, the consistent effort to become a mother was her reason for living. She gave her entire life to fulfill that which two other women chose not to do. In like manner, let us become consistent in providing love and manifest the Christian character of consistency.

 

In memory of Madith Orr. 

June 19, 1941 – August 28, 1997