Not a lot of news on the adoption front. We went to the health department the other day and got our first series of vaccinations. One more trip and that's over! I know the kids will be relieved! And on Thursday, we received a letter from USCIS stating they are processing our orphan petition. We aren't sure excactly what that means except we are on our way. To us, it was just another confirmation that God is in control.
Isaiah 52:12 says, "For you will not leave in a hurry, and you will not have to take flight; because the LORD is going before you and the GOD OF ISRAEL is your rear guard."
All along we have known God is in control. He is the one who led us to adoption. He is the one calling us to care for the orphans. He is guiding us each step as long as we are obedient. Completely obedient. Even when it doesn't make sense or it brings fear, we are still called to be
obedient. We are called to be Jesus' hands and feet. When we see someone suffering, are we to turn our heads to ignore or have compassion and meet their needs? It is so much easier to ignore. Serving Jesus and others is not easy. It takes time, effort and a lot of love. But it is so rewarding! There is no greater joy than serving God. In it, a lot of times we feel like we are helping the ones we are serving. However, our family has found we are usually the ones receiving the blessing.
Our hearts have been so burdened lately for children. They are our passion (as most of you already know). We love kids, but even more so we love kids that other people find hard to love. God draws us to them! He knows what He is doing. He has a plan. God has an ultimate plan for us and we are excited to see what it will be. On the way to the end, though, He has so much more for us. Everything is a building block for something else. Proverbs 16:9 says, "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." How true we are seeing that really is!