Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It's not just 'nothing'

It seems like we've posted a lot of blogs lately that have been about no new news, small updates here and there, and nothing much to brag about other than how amazing the Lord has been to us.  Well, the Lord has come through in a BIG way for us this past week.  We are still pretty unsure of a lot of the details, but here's what we have to share.

First off, Amy goes back to the neurosurgeon tomorrow morning.  We'd appreciate the prayers!  God has been so amazing to us through her recovery.  As I was driving to work this morning I literally teared up thinking about how amazing this story has been.  I know that there are some of you who may not have faith in the Lord, and still others of you that are fairly distant from Him.  I can honestly say, I don't know how you do it.  These past few months have been filled with moment after moment of 'Elijah moments' where God has moved when we literally couldn't.  Do you remember, in 1 Kings 19, when God set Elijah up on the mountain and said cover your face, I'm going to reveal myself to you?  The wind came through that tore through the mountain.  An earthquake came and shook the ground.  Then fire blazed like crazy, and in all of these things, Scripture says God was not in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire.

After all of those moments, came a quiet whisper, and in that whisper, God spoke to Elijah.  I say all of that to say, it doesn't take adoption or God's healing power to understand who He is.  Sometimes He just speaks in the whisper moments of life that seem insignificant.  And this morning, He did that.  He reminded me of just how good He is during a silent drive to work.  He reminded me that He's been in control of all of this since the very beginning.  So what's the big news?

Well, Amy still hasn't been released to work.  We are hoping for good news tomorrow, but her stamina still hasn't come back yet.  She works hard, but it really eats away at her energy.  I can honestly say, there's no possible way she'd make it through a work day right now.  She thinks she can, and she is tough, but there's no way.  Brain surgery is a BEAST and she's still walking the road of recovery.  However, we decided on Monday to mail off for her visa in hopes she may be able travel.  We don't know if she'll be released to travel tomorrow so PRAY!  This is such a huge moment for us.  This is our first child....this trip is so big, that we've decided to pray that God would allow Amy to travel.  We are searching out the risks and trying to be wise, but it seems as if God just hasn't given Amy confirmation that she should stay back....so we're pushing through to see what can be done.  If God wants to close this door, we are fine with it, but we don't think He has yet.

The Congolese Embassy is closed Wednesday of this week through next Monday, so we had about a 12 hr window to get her passport there, have them approve it, and mail it back out.  For those of you who have ever tried to work with the government to get a visa, you know, 12 hrs is a joke!  The mail didn't deliver it on time, the Embassy said they couldn't do it and wouldn't go pick up her passport from the post office...Amy cried on the phone with USPS for about an hour, and they said there's nothing we can do but deliver it next Tuesday and hope for the best.  Some how, today in our mailbox was Amy's passport, stamped with a Congolese visa!  I don't have time to write about the craziness that happened trying to get this visa done, but I can tell you it is a miracle it got done.  If they didn't do it yesterday, it would've been late next week most likely.

And that wouldn't work, because we got word yesterday that J's biological dad has been found and he's coming to the Embassy next week for his interview!  That's the REALLY BIG news.  This is what we've been waiting on for over a month now.  What does that mean?  It means that we expect to travel sometime in the next week to meet our daughter for the very first time.  It means that there is a possibility that this time next week we could be holding our first child...I mean it's not like we have our hopes set high now or anything!  It means that God's timing is perfect and He is good!

We don't have travel dates yet.  There are still things that have to happen....like a man in a very remote part of the 2nd poorest country in the entire world getting on an airplane.  That's going to be a pretty big deal for him.  It means the interview has to take place, and the Embassy has to hold up to their end of the bargain.  So there are still some steps here....but did you hear me say her biological dad has been found and is willing to come testify for her entry to the United States?!?

So that's where we are.  Today, it came in a whisper....a simple e-mail with simple words that wouldn't mean much to most people.  "J's dad was found, and he's coming to the interview next week." That sentence is life changing for us.  So we hope you'll join us in praying that he'll be able to get in for his interview early next week.  Pray for his travel, because Congo airlines are very dangerous.  And pray that the Embassy would work quickly to process her visa next week.  We are SO very close.  And the closer we get, the more we realize, God has used the drama, delays, heartbreak, and time to remind us that He's in control, and He is inherently good all the time....and maybe, just maybe, He's used this time for Amy to heal so she can be a part of all of this in person!

22 comments:

  1. That's so amazing!! God really does perform miracles still, and I pray that he continues to bless you.

    The Dalton Gang

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  2. "Truly my souls silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense ; I shall not be greatly moved. My soul, wait silently for God alone" (Ps.62)

    Sometimes when we're in the middle of difficulty we want to direct all things in our own way and timing. When we step back we see how much better God's timing and sovereign will is. So glad things are working out well! Praying you are with your daughter soon! Thanks for the reminder of God's mercy and grace :)

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  3. I had chills reading your post. God's timing is always perfect. I pray for you both as your "in person" journey with J begins. I also pray for healing and recovery for Amy!
    God bless and keep you both!
    Robin Harris

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  4. God is so good! I'm learning to patient in knowing that He has good intentions and that it will all work in His timing!
    Love the great reminder of knowing and hearing Him even in the quiet moments. :)

    Praying for you and your daughter!
    Kelly

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  5. I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face lifting your new, growing family up in prayer. There is so much love behind you!

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  6. Wow...our God is so awesome & powerful!! Praying for you all!!

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  7. Amazing answers to prayer! So excited to see how God has chosen to use you to minister to so many people. Praying Amy's strength returns and she'll be allowed to travel.
    Sarah

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  8. Such a beautiful, amazing, and powerful post! God is good!
    You are all in my prayers!

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  9. This is so very exciting! I am so happy for you and Amy and pray for her health and that she would be released to travel to meet J! Y'all are going to be amazing parents! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us!

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  10. How wonderful! I am praying!

    Christina :)

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  11. Prayers go up for your family. Your story has touched my life ever since I found Amy's blog and heard you all's story. My faith has been reborn and I have began a closer walk with God. I hope that Amy gets released to travel and your are holding your daughter soon.Blessings to you both.

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  12. Such amazing news from an even more amazing God! Praying for you, Amy, and sweet baby J! She'll be in your arms before you know it! Our God is GOOD! Miss you guys, but we love seeing your faith played out in all the Lord has entrusted you with.

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  13. Praying with my whole heart that God will handle all of the details... and thinking of Philippians 4. Blessings upon you, Amy and Jared!

    Kim
    tFinding JOY in 6th Grade

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  14. This is such wonderful news! Many prayers that you will be able to hold your little one in your arms soon!

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  15. Praying daily for your family. Your story has truly blessed me in so many ways. Being a parent is an unbelievable experience. I can't wait for J to join you.

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  16. Praise God for Amy's clearance to travel and J's Dad being found. Praying that you are holding J in your arms, teaching her about our great God soon!
    Thank you for sharing your story each step of the way! It gives me hope! God leads us each on unique journeys, and I appreciate you sharing so openly the adventure God is leading your family through! Your testimony continues to touch my heart all the way in Washington state.

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  17. This is beautiful. I'm so happy to hear that Amy is recovering and thrilled about the blessing of your growing family!

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  18. Praying for you all!! God is so good!

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  19. What an incredible moment! It kind of reminds me of the story in the new testament where they get on the ship and every thing becomes stormy and they find the savior asleep inside and they wake him up and say something along the lines of "how can you be asleep in here when out there, there's a storm and we are going to die" and that is when He reminds us in this simple verse found in Mark 4:39 ... Anyway, he has a plan for each one of us, but the key is that it is his plan and his timing not ours.
    Blessings to you all from Spring,TX

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  20. Continuing to pray for Amy's recovery and God's perfect timing in uniting your sweet family!

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