We loved children and loved having a big family. As we felt God’s call to care for orphans, we realized that we had enough for another child. Enough food, clothing, shelter, and most importantly, love.
It is easy to say you want to adopt “someday”, but much different when you actually see a little face of a specific child that needs a home. We wrestled with God about trusting that He would provide. Once He gave us peace, we were all in.
As we stepped out in faith, God made provision in so many ways. Even as we experienced a failed first adoption, we knew God had greater plans for our family.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways”, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
There were many challenges along the way. As we entered into the process, we faced the question of how the financial requirements would be met, how to deal with the corruption of the particular country we were dealing with, the amount of paperwork required, and the length of time it would take. But through it all, our family continued to pray…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Once Johanna was ours, the reality of the transition began. Even though our biological children took to her immediately, there were the natural challenges of adjusting to a toddler who was in a new environment and who did not fully understand the language. But it did not take long for Johanna to meld into our family.
Our advice to those considering adoption would be if you are feeling led by God to enter into the process, then trust His provision fully. The gift of “family” is worth the struggle. Also, there are lots of resources that will help in the journey. Talk to others who have gone through it, educated yourself, and have patience through the process. It will be worth it.
We learned through this experience that in the hardest time, to trust Him and that is where the greatest joy can be found. His grace abounds.