At 3+ weeks into this thing, we have not been waiting long. It’s only been a week or so since the last potential birth mother was brought to our attention. Many parents wait years for a child. So we aren’t about to let this get out of perspective. The only real challenge to this mini-season of the waiting process is that we are Pavlov’s dogs, having heard the bell but not having received the food we salivated for(don’t take the analogy too literally; that makes it gross).
In the meantime, God has showered us with an abundance of love and support through the friends around us(and not even close to around us– thanks, Facebook!). The constant prayers and words of sympathy or camaraderie were almost too much to bear. He also provided ample funds for this adoption through you, and it took all of two weeks! We are well-supplied and, quite frankly, dumbfounded. So we are, in that sense, not wanting.
We are also not wanting in the more ultimate sense. The Lord is our Shepherd; we shall not want. He did not spare His own Son for us; how will He not also with Jesus graciously give us all things? If that is true, then abundance(like the cascade of funds that came in) is a demonstration of the “all things,” but so is the current lack of a child to take into our home. This ever-so-brief waiting period conforms us to the image of His beloved Son. It readies us for heaven. It gives us deeper gospel comfort. It builds our sympathy for others. So we want for no good thing, even while we wait for a really good thing.
We’ll let you know when the call comes(and we read the medical history and consult wise people and agonize over the decision and call back to say we want to present our profile to the birth mom and wait for her to choose between us and other families–and then we’ll let you know the result).
Endless thanks to all of you!