Sunday, December 23, 2012

A chapter closed, a chapter opened

A post from Arnie:

4 plus years of waiting and warring , and his name is Isaac. He has a face, a smile, and he is loved. Ive wrestled with not just the unfairness of adoption , of waiting and prayer, of children suffering , but the whole idea of taking in a stranger. God has chiseled off my edges and I've come out a little more defined and refined. More importantly though, I've learned over the last 5 years of my life who God is, what he's passionate about, and what my part in his kingdom looks like. God fights for each of us to become his heirs, and we inherit thru adoption that which we neither deserved , nor were capable of inheriting on our own. We are loved , fought for and his love which is undeserved is given freely. I've evaluated my part in the adoption and now see God's hand over my wife and marriage. I've had the privilege of fighting not just for Isaac, but for all of the oppressed, especially children. God has chosen the weak and oppressed, the marginalized and mistreated to be his favored ones. It’s a blessing to know that Isaac is favored, he was defended and fought for by the one who created him long before he was ever given to us ! I pray the day will come when we can hold him and show him in a tangible  way how loved he really is. But I know in my heart that the real battle has been, and will continue to be fought on or knees. I told Bek that the outcome doesn’t lie in being parents or in Isaac , but a passion for defending the fatherless and weak. This whole journey will be a selfish failure if our hearts aren’t changed , and lives don’t reflect it. If fighting for orphans is on our hearts , it must become a lifestyle, not just great ideology. I remember talking to a youth in our church at a retreat . His family has adopted 3 beautiful children . Our discussion was on the subject of what he wanted to do or become in this life; something tangible and realistic. And the first thing out of his mouth was that he was passionate about adoption. He talked about how much he loves his new family members and can t wait to go  down that road. I hope Isaac sees the value in adoption one day, and praise God if that passion comes at a young age. That family has clearly done something right!  But for now we continue to battle for little Isaac. The preparations seem to be endless and we love it. Our nephews pray for him daily, and recognize his picture already. Isaac has brought much joy to our family and friends. Now we patiently and passionately pray for his presence with us .

Phil 1 ; 3

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart

Monday, December 3, 2012

And now we wait....just a little longer

The first question people ask me is, "So when does he come home?" Honestly, I really have no answer for this. I have seen court dates given as quickly as 2 months and some as long as 8 months. I don't know how long it will take for us. We think it will be closer to the shorter end because of certain paperwork logistics that we won't have to do, but we honestly can not predict what could happen. BUT this is what I do know; Isaac was hand picked to be our son. That before time began, he was chosen, we were chosen. I don't know when we will get to see him, hold him and call him ours officially. I'm not worried though. Jesus worked it out so far and I know he will carry us to the completion of this adoption. The story of Jesus sleeping in the boat in the middle of the storm has been one I have often referred to. I was reminded today of why Jesus was able to sleep in the boat. He had a plan, he knew the end result. He planned Isaac, he knew he would be ours and we would be his. He knew the day he would be born, the day we would receive our call and he was at peace. He could rest because he knew he had figured out the best plan for us. We now know the first portion of that plan, we know who! But now we wait a little longer. I hope though, that I have learned what trust looks like. I hope I can sleep in the boat, to rest in the storm of waiting, the unknown. My only answer is that although I don't know when Isaac will come home, Jesus does. He has a plan and it's good. So please pray for us as we wait, that Jesus would prepare us to be good parents, that he would get ready our hearts for this little baby and that we would wait patiently. Everything in me just wants him home, but more than what I want, I want what Jesus has in store for us. This is his plan, it always has been and so it needs to finish this way. It is not about us, but about the one who gave us this gift. Thank-you everyone for your prayers to bring Isaac home, I know God will listen. Please pray over our papers and Isaac's papers. Pray for a court date but also pray for God's will to be done!