The adoption journey is a test of patience. And for those of us who have a Type-A personality, the adoption process offers many opportunities to give up any control you think you might have. I was challenged recently after reading a blog post written by Jeremy, whose family is adopting two boys from Ethiopia. His post is definitely worth reading – here’s an excerpt:
“. . .However, halfway through the process that person who just loves Jesus and wants to rescue orphans can turn from one who counts it all joy to one who is full of grumbling murmurs. In the form of prayer requests and ‘journey updates’, they excuse their sin as venting and being open with their feelings. The scary thing is what those feelings are revealing about what’s going on in their heart. Who are they really serving in this matter?
“Adoptive parents can begin to think the world should stop and someone should just hand them their child. They sound like the kids in the aisle of Walmart throwing a temper tandrom demanding their toy. Sadly, the orphan becomes not a child in need but a thing that they want and want now…” – Read Jeremy’s full blog post