As we are preparing for Anah's arrival, I find myself wondering what it might be like to bring her home. Our friends, Jon and Sonia Hori shared this video on their blog as they are likewise waiting for their Eden. I found myself crying (and I don't cry very often) throughout the almost 10 minute video, especially as I watched the orphan caregivers say their goodbyes to little Lucy Lane. Watching this video reminded me that while the world may look at orphans as a mass group, a statistic, God sees each one individually. I am only just beginning to grasp the immensity of what it means that we have been adopted as His children. In a whole roomful of babies, there was one that was picked out, selected, and brought home. I trust that each of the other babies also found a home, but we get to see the story of this one that was wanted, eagerly anticipated and lovingly welcomed. Likewise, God in His love has planned for and prepared my adoption, your adoption, into His kingdom. Ephesians 1:5 tells us that He has predestined us to adoption as sons, according to the purpose of His will. He wants you. He wants me. That alone is a reminder of how precious we are to Him, just as for us, Anah becomes more and more precious to us.
At this point, all the adoption papers, our dossier, are in the hands of the Chinese government. Except for a few more pieces of paperwork in preparation for immigration, we are now in the waiting stage. We wait and we pray. Will we regret this? What will it cost us? What are we getting ourselves into? Sometimes I wonder if we're doing the right thing. When I watched the video, I knew that we were.
One of the quotes that was shared in the video came from Helen Keller and it really resonated with me:
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do."
I hope that by reading and enjoying today's post, you will be blessed as you remember what God has done for you in adopting you. If you have not yet taken that step of faith, I encourage you to read this page on what it means to be a part of God's family. But I also hope that you are challenged too, to not be overwhelmed by the statistics and numbers but to start right where you are to make a difference for the Lord. Whether that be through adoption or any other step for the kingdom of God, let's do the something that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10).
Thanks, Jon and Sonia, for sharing the video. I'm passing it on. May we be people who step up to do the something we can do.