When Donna first showed me a picture of A it was just for fun. She and Shelby had gone to the advocacy web site and were enjoying dreaming about having one of those sweet children in our home. Over time, I noticed A’s picture up on one of the computers every so often, or I saw Donna back on the advocacy site looking around. Then, another picture of A was added. We rejoiced over how she had grown since the original picture. I couldn’t stop looking into her blue eyes. Her blond hair is so bright. What a sweet baby!
Then came the evening when Donna and I had dinner and I brought A up. Donna seemed apprehensive – not sure she should fully admit her feelings. As we talked, it was apparent to me that this was a serious subject.
Donna really wanted to have a fourth child years ago. I was absolutely sure that God had completed our family with the three girls we already had. I never even considered bringing another child into the world. (God was clear to me on that subject…) We worked towards becoming a foster family a couple of years ago – went to all of the training and only needed a home visit to be ready but other priorities stepped in and we have not yet become a foster family. (I wondered why that never happened…) Now we were talking very seriously about adopting that fourth child we never had. (and God was not telling me no…)
So we agreed to pray earnestly about it. God spoke through many ways. I put A’s picture as the background on my laptop home screen. I looked at her several times a day – those blue eyes and that bright blond hair – and prayed for God’s very clear answer.
I was feeling fairly sure that we were to move towards adopting A, and then on Feb. 12th we had a guest preacher at church. He preached from Mark 5. He talked about how Jesus interrupted the important work everyone expected Him to do (He was on his way to heal Jairus’ daughter) because a woman who desperately needed help touched Him. We are certainly not Jesus. We are just a middle-aged husband and wife who love God and want to follow Him wherever He leads. But A is a child who desperately needs help and God has interrupted our lives.
So we follow…