I sent out an email to family and friends asking for their fervent prayer support for our adoption. I want as many people praying as possible. I also had some new thoughts about my attitude regarding prayer and wanted to share that here.
I just received an email from the India director of our adoption agency. I had asked her about our approval from CARA – the government agency that must approve our dossier before it goes to court. She told me that for some reason it has been taking them three to four MONTHS for approval. On their website they state they will give approval in fifteen DAYS. It only took a few weeks when we adopted the girls. We do not know what is going on there. Our paperwork left for India on October 28 and I am not sure when it was received by them.
Please join us in praying. A three to four month wait for our paperwork to go to court is unacceptable in our minds – and hearts! Court will take about two months after approval. It isn’t just our family waiting for this approval. There could be hundreds of families waiting – we know of one specifically who lives in the area.
We have confidence that God is sovereign and in complete control of this situation. We know that His ways and timing are perfect and that He knows the beginning from the end. We also trust and believe that He is almighty – his power exceeds any government or person.
Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.
I Thess. 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I know that prayer is not a magic lamp that we rub and get our wishes granted. As we pray God works on our hearts. We do not want to demand anything from God, but our hearts are fervently crying out at this moment to beg God to move in the hearts of those government workers to do their jobs quickly and get those dossiers off to court and those kids home to their families!
As I went into Levi’s room and poured my heart out to God I was reminded that God uses our prayers to do His will and not ours. We do not always “like” His answers. One of my prayers is that I will accept His answer – whatever that may be. I trust that God will bring about what is best for all of us.
Please, please, join us in prayer for our son and for all the other sons and daughters who are waiting for their families. I look forward to letting you all know how God has answered these prayers.
Thank you so much for bearing this burden with us.