"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think....." (Ephesians 3: 20)
I'm working on a message for this Sunday morning at church over this text, and I've been searching for that perfect illustration to really drive this verse home....as if I need to illustrate God's Word to make it better. We have so many things to be thankful for, as a family and as a church, but when's the last time God really did some far beyond anything you ever dreamed of? It probably happens every day and God's goodness has numbed us in a way, but today it happened....and when we say it happened....IT HAPPENED.
For the past two years we've been wading through red tape to try to bring home our sons from Africa. Most of you know we had the chance to travel and meet one of our boys just a few weeks ago, and it was an incredible experience. We have been getting incredibly close to bringing one of them home, but no children have been allowed to legally leave the country for over 600 days. By legally I mean that people with integrity have submitted to government authorities and chosen not to find 'alternate' ways of bringing home their adopted children.....let's not get into that.
The past few months have been full of promises that felt empty, and not a lot of movement. Just a few days ago we received a phone call that said it looked like children would be coming home soon. Joelle still has friends she lived with that are stuck and have not come home to be with their families. I'm not sure we can ever understand how blessed we were to bring her home two years ago just before this suspension began! But even after the phone call, promises felt a little empty and it seemed like the same old story. We've been told to hang in there more times than I'd like to count. We smile and tell our story over and over every Sunday to friends and family in the community and at church. We know people care about us, pray for us, and love us.....but telling the story gets old and living it out weighs a lot.
Back track a few years....we actually started the adoption of our first son after the suspension began. We stepped out in faith, not knowing how long it would last. We were the crazy people that began an adoption when adoptions were not being completed. We felt like the Lord was leading us to push through and trust in Him....so that's what we did. Almost two years....over 600 days.....and this morning, the news finally hit the press!
The suspension is over....adoptions are being completed.....and kids may come home as soon as next week! You learn to take everything with a grain of salt. We could still be in this process for a while longer depending on how long it takes to clear over 1,000 cases. But I've also learned that God is more than able to do abundantly more than anything I could ever ask for or think of. There's not much more to say than God is good. When He leads you to the door of an opportunity, He's always faithful to walk through the door with you....and sometimes drag you through it. It's been a long wait for so many families. There have been many times we wondered at what point we will have to move our family to join our sons. I've wondered what today would be like....do you strip down like David and dance in the streets? Do you sit and cry and hope it's true? Would the day ever actually happen? And I can honestly tell you, when I finally woke up and realized what was going on, the only thought that came to my mind was God is so good!
Even through the waiting. Even through the hurt. Even in leaving our son in one of the most impoverished countries on earth just a few weeks ago....hoping we'd see him again. God has been so good to us.
I'm not really sure what you're asking God for today. Hopefully it's something with some eternal value. I can tell you we lived through Ephesians 3:20, and are clinging to hope that He has done just that. I can promise that whatever you're praying for today is so small compared to what God is able to do. The journey isn't over....but we're praying it won't be long.
Join us in praying for over 1,000 kids that may soon get to travel home for the first time. There's so much anxiety with all of the momma's out there today....pray that God would work swiftly, and break through all of the barriers that adoption can build. Pray that God would do much more than just bring our kids home....He's capable of far more than that!
Hopefully we'll have a family picture to publicly post in the next few months....you'd have a hard time understanding just how beautiful my family is without seeing it for yourself!