Adoption offers many opportunities to practice the art of waiting. We have become so accustomed to living in an instantaneous world and expecting immediate results. However, adoption requires patience, trust and dependence on others involved in the process, and distractions/self-control from checking email 100 times a day (I’m still working on that one. . .the availability of wi-fi just about everywhere makes it way too easy to stay in touch).
At the start of this adoption, it was a mad rush to update all of our paperwork and our home study. Then we waited. First for orphanage approval, then for contracts. When we received the contracts in February, we rushed to have them notarized, authenticated, and returned to Taiwan. Then we waited for word on our court ruling. We heard of the first part of our final decree the first week of April. Then we started waiting again, this time for travel dates. We’re still waiting. We received tentative dates last week, but we are waiting on confirmation of our son’s visa appointment before booking our flights.
All in all, both of our adoptions have gone smoothly with few delays. But the many weeks and months of waiting has forced me to practice patience. I know we will travel in God’s perfect timing, which I hope is very soon. In the meantime, here are a few passages from God’s word encouraging me as we wait. . .
“. . .but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:4-8