Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Process

Adoption is truly a roller coaster ride. We are told we have months to wait and miraculously (and I DON'T say that lightly) our I800 came back in a week on the U.S. end - that is amazing and that was with an additional supplement - we saw God's hand, and we were SO excited that we might be moving VERY quickly now. Then we get an email today saying now that our paperwork is FINALLY in China, we can still expect to wait MONTHS before we get our approval to travel. I am telling you - the whole thing truly feels like a roller coaster. And you NEVER want to let your hopes get up - there are just SO many things that can happen to slow you down.

So I really needed this email from a dear friend today. I asked her if I could quote part of it - it was just SO good and something I want to always remember.

I was just reading this Piper comment about prayer. He says that (and I'm wildly paraphrasing here) we don't pray in order to change God. We pray, that God might change the heart of the one who's praying. So... I know that God isn't sitting up there saying, "Well, I'm not sending this little peanut home until SOMEBODY prays just the right thing" or "...until 1,119 people have prayed on her behalf". Or whatever. He has His plan in place, and He allows us to come to him with our petitions -- to walk closer with Him, to be uplifted in our conversation with Him, and to grow closer to those whom we pray for/with. I think God's allowing me to pray for Jada has definitely given me a soft spot in my heart for her... permanently. Even though I don't know her! And when I see Him answer our prayers with responses like super-quick I800's, it brings Him glory -- which is precisely what we were made to do.
My dear friend has hit the nail on the head. AND believe me, she's a friend that KNOWS what this crazy wait is like. (We were covering them in prayer not so long ago.) So we continue to lift our prayers to the One that has the path already laid out before us.

Here is what I read today in my time in the Word:
Isaiah 55:8-9:
The Lord says, "My thoughts are not like your thoughts. Your ways are not like my ways. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."


Faith, Hope, and Love said... heart hurts for you. I feel like I'm reliving our agonizing wait watching the delays and your endless labor of love to bring Jada home. The way that you continue to trust in His plan is such an inspiration to so many. One day all of this will make sense. I saw a quote the other day....
"Life is understood backwards, but must be lived forward"

Don't let go of your faith, hope, and love...for it WILL bring your Jada home where she belongs!!!

Love and hugs!

living4him5 said...

Hey girl!

Your I-800 came back in a week!?!?! My goodness, I heard things were moving fast but good golly that's FAST!!! Praise God!!

How are you doing? I'm so behind on my blogs...Summer has been so busy, I'm sure for you too!


hollym. said...

Peace be with your family as you wait on God's perfect timing, Becky. Just keep pressing on, doing His will and He will bring you through this adventure to the precious treasure that's waiting at the end for her family. I'm praying God's speed.

Kim K. said...

I'm hopeful that a few speedy miracles happen in your near future. Peace be with your family during this time of waiting...

ManyBlessings said...

I really needed to hear that.

Mr.Brian said...

So good to hear so hard to follow.
We will continue to be praying that Jada may soon come home with you.
Love,hugs and prayers.

Garland Family of 5 said...

Becky ... thanks so much for sharing. I am going crazy and need to truly surrender to the Lord's timing. Reading your post tonight has given me more peace. Thank-you!

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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