Monday, July 30, 2012
This morning, I woke up to this picture on my phone. While we're all used to adoption photos, this child is special to me because of her story. She had waited for a very long time on the special needs list, her file pictures the only record of the years passing. One day, I posted her picture to our local homeschooling loop - right before Church - with my family clamoring to get out the door. It was with reluctance, as I thought an older child would not get much interest from our mostly young group of families.
A few days later, a young woman called me on my phone while we were at the pool. She and her husband had never adopted before, had two very young boys, but she described how God was pulling her heart towards this child. I thought they were an unlikely family - but talked for a long time with her about the process. I think I may have even mentioned some younger children to her - and figured I'd never hear from them again. I was wrong.
Carrie and her hubby have faithfully walked through a difficult process, changing their family dynamic in a huge way from early elementary to the challenges of teen years. What looked like an impossible idea was made possible by one young family's obedience to the gently nudging voice of God. I will never forget my own lack of faith about this child's chances, and Carrie's simple faith that God would make it work. We daily fail to recognize the power of God to move if we will just have a mustard seed of faith - and confidence in His care and provision. In the words of an ancient man: "Oh, Lord! Help my unbelief!"
Their daughter's 14th birthday is this week - the day she would have lost all hope of a family. Her future possibilities are now unlimited, she will know the warmth of a family forever, she has the protection and security of a mother and father. Most of all, she will know that she is a cherished child of God - created for His glory - special and loved by Him from the day she was born. In the words of Paul:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21