I feel like we all need a little encouragement on a Monday morning. So, I thought I would start a new series featuring some of my favorite people in “blogland.” My sweet friend, Tessy, recently hosted a Tour Through Blogland and featured this little blog of mine. She asked that I participate in the tour and I decided to change it up by featuring a guest post from each blog I am featuring. The series will run for the next five Mondays. Be sure to check in to read these posts from my friends who are literally changing the world. These gals are inspiring and authentic. My hope is that you will walk away encouraged each week.
To kick off the series, I’ve asked my friend Catherine to share. Her family’s prayer card is front and center on our fridge and we pray for them daily. Catherine is the real deal. Her friendship is one of my favorite things about adoption.
Since our families met up in Africa, our family has gone through many changes, one of which includes a big move for our family to Malawi, Africa!
This week marks our one year anniversary of living in Africa and I’ve been reflecting on the many lessons God has been teaching me over the last few years to get us here.
One such lesson, has been my trust [or lack thereof] in His Plan and especially His timing.
We home school and have been reading The Witch of Black Bird Pond. It has been literally years since I have cracked the cover on this book. Surprisingly, my boys were really into it and we’ve been anticipating “real aloud” time each day. I got about half way through the book and found myself sneaking peeks at the back pages. How would it end? Was it going to turn out how I wanted? Would Kit be with Nat? Oh, the agony of waiting as we read one slow chapter a day!
Ok, so the book thing is a small example, but God has been revealing to me that, although I may say “yes” to His Story for my life, I do it with a sense of anxiousness. I want to know the when, why, where, and seriously, “how stinkin’ long is it going to take”? I want to read the last chapter and see how everything pans out. “I will follow you God, but make the results pleasant and quick like, mkay?”
This lack of trusting was illuminated quite clearly through the adoption process of our girls. In March 2010, we signed on with our adoption agency and confidently anticipated that in 18 months, we would be holding our 2 children in our arms. If God had revealed the chapter in my book that showed our adoption would actually take 3.5 years, I may have never started! Through out the 3.5 year wait, God continued to write our Story, line by line, paragraph by paragraph. During this time, God began to show us that adoption wasn’t necessarily the end game for us. He began to plant in our hearts that He wanted orphan care to be our life-long work.
In August 2013, we kissed our boys good-bye and hopped on a plane to meet 2 little girls, on the other side of the world, who shared our last name. Six short weeks after we brought our girls home to the States, our family of 6 loaded back up on a plane and moved to Malawi, Africa!
I’ve been going back and documenting our journey here and am utterly amazed at God’s faithfulness to our family. I am so glad that God didn’t reveal to me the last chapter in the book. I may have run off in fear before we even got started! Instead He gently lead us, one small step at a time. I may have gotten frustrated, questioned Him and doubted the Story He was writing was going to be good. But, oh, how He writes GOOD stories! I hope I never doubt that again.