Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Jury Duty?

There seems to be no end to the craziness called the adoption process. The hurdles are many, the hoops seem endless, and in the end, the great reward of holding your child in your arms. During the process, regardless of how short or long the timeline, it seems endless. The time between referral and "gotcha day" drag similar to a sweet young child counting the days until Christmas!

Today in the mail I received a Jury Call notice, for of all days, September 25, 2007, the day the courts re-open in Ethiopia! Coincidence?? I don't think so! God does truly have a good sense of humor!!! Initially, I was a little dumbfounded by the thought of having to serve my civic duty when I have a little girl waiting for me in Africa. I even called the Jury Division in our local county and told them nothing is going to stop me from going and getting her in (hopefully) October! Thankfully, she was very understanding. I still plan on showing up for Jury Duty on September 25th, with a letter from Gladney confirming where we are in the adoption process. Hopefully, if I do get selected for a trial, it will be short and sweet, so I can fulfill my civic duty and then race to Ethiopia to get sweet Edilawit.

Squeeker is so funny when he talks about her. He is so excited about having a baby sister. I hope the "novelty" doesn't where off when the realities of an infant sister hit home with him.

Last week, while reading one of the many "Ethiopian Adoption Blogs" I ran across an incredible bible verse that my sweet husband, David is trying to convince everyone he knows to remane it Robin 2:3, instead of Habakkuh 2.3:

"For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it will linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not delay." NIV
God is so awesome to give you exactly what you need when you need it. Last week, knowing we were suppose to be in Ethiopia, was so hard. I struggled, I cried, I pouted, I was so very sad, until I stumbled across this verse. Finally, peace just enveloped me, just as God promises.
Our adoption journey is such a testimony to being obedient to God's will and his amazing grace. From the very beginning when we were searching countries, home study agencies, and finally placement agencies, God's hand has been it in from the beginning. And when I asked David HOW are we going to pay for this adoption when we had $25.00 left in our savings account after mailing in our I600-A application, he gently reminded me that God has provided for us exactly when we needed, in the exact amount in the past and I just needed to trust Him. If we are in God's will in adopting, He will provide, and has HE ever!
Adoption, especially international adoption, is a journey of faith. It's like being perpetually pregnant with no end in sight. The reward is great, but the journey is simultaneously exciting and frightening. It is not for the faint-hearted. God equips the called, He does not call the equipped. How else could I partake on this amazing journey????

1 comment:

Owlhaven said...

It IS an amazing journey, isn't it?

Mary, mom to many, including 4 from Ethiopia