But, I can't help but think about the many children who only wished National Adoption Day was their day to become part of a family and yet they still wait. Our hearts have been aching as we await our first placement. We dream of our future child(ren) and become more anxious everyday. We are on our third month of waiting and it has seemed like an eternity. As I laid dreaming of our future child(ren) last week, I browsed through the many pictures of the "waiting" children and I quickly found that some of the children have not been waiting months, but years to be placed with their forever family. It brought tears to my eyes as I watched a video of a young boy expressing his wish to be adopted. Then I realized the video was posted almost three years ago. My heart broke and I was immediately forced to look at things in a greater perspective.
We went into this process focusing on the child(ren) and their need for a family. We felt called by God to provide love, safety, and stability to at least one child. And yet, it is easy to become self-focused. Questions, such as "Why is this taking so long?", "Why don't we have a child yet?", and "Why don't we know something?" creep into our minds. All questions focusing toward us and our desires. What a huge wake up call and sense of redirection. This process is about the children and meeting their needs. No matter how long the process takes in the end we will be able to provide a child the love that is desperately needed. Until that day comes I have been reminded to be thankful for the present and continue praying for the many children who are waiting for forever families.
If the story of this young boy or the stories of many other foster children touch your heart and you sense a calling to help, please do! These children need us. Listen to the calling you have in your heart and allow God to lead. There are many ways to show love to children that desperately need it. For more information please go to http://www.adoptuskids.org/join-the-conversation/ways-to-help.
Please continue to pray for us as we await our first placement, but more importantly pray for the children who are "waiting" for their forever family.
"I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you."
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