Just about every Sunday morning, right before our pastor steps up to the podium to deliver the message to the church body, our worship pastor unashamedly and passionately prays these words over us:
"God, we choose to put our 'Yes' on the table right now.
Let us be doers of Your Word and not hearers only."
Translation: Whatever the Lord tells us to do today, do it.
No matter how hard it seems.
No matter how afraid we are.
No matter how much sacrifice it will take.
No matter how we think it might inconvenience us.
No matter how it may interfere with our lives.
No matter what others might think.
Just do it. Just obey.
Over the last several months, Derek and I have sensed a very new and very profound plan for our family during this season in our lives. Something neither my husband, nor I, would have ever dreamed or imagined or thought of by ourselves.
"No eye has seen, no ear as heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit." 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
A gentle, yet firm nudging upon our spirits.
An unrelenting, overwhelming pressing in our gut.
An all-encompassing sensory onslaught within our minds and upon our hearts.
Through confirmation upon confirmation, the Lord has unmistakably revealed His desire for our family and the new adventure He has set before us.
Without keeping you in suspense a moment longer...
*(insert drum roll, please)*
God is leading our family toward adoption! More specifically, to adopt a little girl from India.
Our response: "Yes, Lord!"
God is so good and so gracious and so patient as He has been preparing us for this commitment. Over time He has opened our eyes to the world in which we live. I'm ashamed to admit that even though we have taught and served and obeyed for much of our adult Christian lives, we have done so mostly for those within the confines of our own church building and mostly for ourselves.
But God has been calling us to step out of the familiar and the comfortable and look for ways to honor others above ourselves, particularly children. Particularly children living in extreme poverty. Particularly children around the world with no mother, no father. The homeless. The loveless. Orphans.
In scripture, our heavenly Father is seen as a "Helper of the fatherless" (Ps. 10:14 - NIV) and an "Advocate for orphans" (Prov. 23:10 - The Message).
As it turns out, God's heart is for adoption, with the central gospel message serving as the epitome of adoption. His love pursued us when we were alienated, unlovable, and all alone.
Because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and His unwillingness to think only of Himself, the good news is that we were not left alone. In fact, as children of God, we have been adopted into God's family and are now co-heirs with Him, sharing in all the Father has given the Son.
We've all been adopted! (Rom. 8:15-17)
What an amazing picture for us to emulate!
So with overwhelming joy and excitement, our family is jumping in, feet first.
No cautious tip-toeing into these waters of uncertainty. No ma'am. No sir.
Just a giant cannon ball into the depths of the unknown. But we're okay with that.
Why? Because we follow a God who walks upon the water. And as long as we follow where He's leading, we're good. Actually, I surmise we're better than good.
So humbly, we ask these things of you right now:
1. Please pray for us. We need it.
2. Please pray for our daughter on the other side of the world. She needs it.
"Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes'..." Matthew 5:37
**(Yes, there are like a million other details as to how God initiated this journey and how He confirmed it, which I will try to share along the way. But if you'd like the story first-hand, and a little sooner, invite us to dinner and we'd be glad to share our hearts with you. :) We really enjoy eating what someone else took the time to prepare. :))**