We are midway through the 14th week of waiting at the #1 spot for the referral of our daughter. As this wait seems to drag on some days, there is such a temptation to selfishly turn inward and wallow in self-pity. Despite the temptation, I know it would benefit no one to do that, and I also know that no one ever promised this path of adoption to be easy. It is definitely a journey in every since of the word, and I am 100% confident that Troy and I could not endure this journey if we were walking it alone; however, I am so grateful that we serve a Creator that has laid out each step for us and He knows the ultimate destination. He is our guide, and we must stick ever so close to His leading. He has also made me acutely aware that we are not the only ones enduring trials, and it truly puts our wait in perspective. Let me just share with you a few of the things close friends of ours have endured in recent months…
-Some friends of ours that live in Colorado had to evacuate their home last night due to the far reaching fires that have been so difficult to contain
-A friend’s mother was just diagnosed with a terminal illness two weeks ago, and she passed away last night
-Another friend and her husband just had a baby a month and half ago. Their baby was born with a diagnosis that was undetectable on ultrasound, and he has been in and out of the hospital since birth. He now has a feeding tube among other things.
Thankfully, each of these friends and their families know Jesus so I know they have an eternal source to draw strength from. As I have repeatedly lifted these families up in prayer along with the prayers for our daughter, the Holy Spirit reminded me that we are to consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds. I have to admit that joy is not the first word that comes to my mind when I think about each of these circumstances; however, I take comfort in knowing this truth “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” So, today I will choose to persevere because the reward is great. I will also continue to pray because I have witnessed the power of prayer in tangible ways. Will you please say a quick prayer for each of the circumstances our friends are facing, and please continue to pray for our daughter. Thank you in advance!
Finally, I would not call myself an avid fan of the group Big & Rich, but I heard this song today and it reminded me that prayer makes a difference. I hope you have a blessed week!