We started this series of posts about the Five Ws and an H to try to answer some questions about this adoption. If you missed any of the earlier posts, you can check out who this story is about, what we are doing, when this is going to be happening, where this story is set, and why we are adopting.
Today we will answer – in part – how this adoption is going to happen. Honestly, there is a long answer and a short answer; this question is the exact question we asked ourselves and God when we heard the call to adopt Rui Shan.
I won’t speak for anyone else in our home, but my conversation with the Lord went something like this – though this list is far from exhaustive:
- But God, how will I get on a plane and fly to China for two weeks?
- And how will I find gluten free food in a country where I don’t speak the language?
- How will I explain to our youngest child that I’m going to be gone for two weeks?
- How will we ever survive jet lag when we return home to rested, enthusiastic children?
- How can we ever save enough money in this short window to cover the adoption expenses?
- How can we adapt our family’s activities to accommodate another child with some intense medical needs?
- How will we meet the needs of our older children?
- How will we be able to do this amazing, delightful, terrifying thing?
- How, God?
And I got a very direct and clear short answer: Trust Me.
I am thankful we have a long history of reasons to trust God, even when circumstances are impossibly hard, because there are parts of this season and the upcoming season that already look impossibly hard, and we are now only in the push-paper-and-wait trimester. But God made it clear that we are supposed to be walking forward and trusting in Him. And as He always does, He has already shown Himself faithful, meeting needs in His perfect timing, which is sometimes but not always immediately before we become aware of a need.
The long answer is really a series of stories about His goodness, and I will delight in sharing these soon!