I’m writing this post to share how amazingly and lovingly in control our Lord is. If you have followed our adoption journey, you know that we began it trying to adopt from Burma. That is actually impossible, which we knew. We felt pulled in that direction though, so we started working every angle we could. We couldn’t adopt from Burma. We couldn’t adopt a Burmese child living in Thailand. We couldn’t even adopt a Thai orphan from Thailand. Defeated, we decided the Lord had His reasons for taking us in that direction, but that He just wasn’t opening the door there.
In the first few posts on this blog, you can read about where we went from that point. Tonight, I was thinking through our adoption journey to this point. I was thinking about how our little girl is only 2.5 months old, and if we had moved on my timetable, she wouldn’t have even been born yet. Not sure how well you may know me, but I’m a ‘make it happen’ kind of girl. That tends to cause trouble for me letting the Lord make it happen. At any rate, Jeff and I ended up painfully being on a different timetable for a month or so. I was ready to pull the trigger, but he was not. So we didn’t.
Well, on the day of our bio daughters’ joint birthday party, we were driving to the party and out of the blue Jeff announced that he was ready to move forward and officially start the adoption process. And that he thought we were supposed to adopt two children. I was overjoyed. And then terrified. I was so excited we were going to get started, but when everything was suddenly so real, I wasn’t so sure about the two children part. Thankfully, the Lord continued to clearly show me that two is what He had for us. Maybe one day, I’ll post about that part.
So, the coolest thing ever happened tonight. Or, I should say I realized it tonight. I was reading back through the email with all of our referral information in it, and guess when our sweet daughter was admitted to the orphanage? July 24th. That’s right. The day that my husband announced here in Dallas that it was time to move forward with adopting, was the SAME DAY that our little girl was orphaned in Uganda and brought to the orphanage. (She is the youngest of the two children we are adopting.) Now – you tell me that our Lord is not in control. You tell me He does not take care of His children. He had our daughter’s new family ready for her the DAY she was orphaned.
What a sweet and sovereign Lord we serve! Thank you Lord for loving us in spite of our controlling selves. Thank you for being in control and also for providing us with constant reminders of that sweet Truth.