If you asked adoptive families what the hardest part of the process is, I think many would say that it’s what feels like endless waiting. It’s easy to get frustrated when your email goes unanswered, when delays slow you down, or the referral for a child seems like it will never come.
We recently set up a new aquarium. We decided it was time to add a couple more fish, much to our daughter’s delight. We took her to the store to buy the fish and all was going well until we got in the car to come home. It was at this point that our daughter had a tantrum because she wanted to hold the fish. We kept telling her that we would be home soon and she could have the fish then, but she continued her fit most of the way home.
How often do we act like this – throwing a fit or getting frustrated because we don’t get something we want, when God is trying to tell us, ‘Just wait a little while longer – you will have what you desire, you just need to be a little more patient.’
God’s timing is perfect and we know that He has already chosen the child who will eventually join our family. It may not be exactly on our timetable, but we are entrusting God with our family and our adoption.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” — from James 1:2-4