As I have read just the little glimpses of these different journeys, it is like seeing the very radiant face of Christ. The verse that keeps ringing in my head is:
"I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you."
It is so absolutely evident that God's heart is for the orphan and I truly believe that His plan is that there would be no orphans...but there is even more. As I read these adoption stories, every single one of them has bumps and detours and very real worries. And in every single one of them, God has met them. He cares for the orphan and He cares for each and every one of us. In every burden that we carry, adoption related or not, God does not want us to be alone or "orphaned"...He longs to walk with us.
When I was a backpacking guide (like a million years ago) for Young Life, we would spend our first night in lean-to's nestled into the woods near base camp. So campers would show up at camp in the afternoon, spend the day learning about high-altitude backpacking and then we would do an evening 'club'. At the end of 'club' as guides we would grab a propane lantern and lead the kids through the dark woods to the lean-to. On that hike through the woods, all that you could see was what the lantern would illuminate.
You can imagine a group of 15 or so excited high school kids giggling and squirming and tripping and being just a little more than nervous as we headed off into the woods. Each time we did this, I was struck by the fact that God promises that His word is the "lamp unto my feet and a light for my path" Psalm 119:105. We could see just where to put our foot next, but no farther and some had to trust the ones in front who were leading. It always made my stomach do little flip-flops even though I knew where we were going....the excitement of others and what God would do that week never got old.
It feels the same way with this...I just know that God is going to answer all of the needs and prayers on this list. He is the one guiding all of these journeys to His precious children....and if we choose, all of us get to be a part of the journey!!!!!
Reading these stories of all of these families rerminds me that He is also the light and guide in the 'dark' places in my life. If you have a chance, click on some of the links on the right and take a read, you just cannot help but see the face of God!
One that you just have to read is
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