If things had gone as they should – which is actually a funny thing to say when you are referring to an adoption in a foreign country – our case should have gone to court in December or January and we would have been called to let us know we had our guardianship by March (or so) and been traveling a month later.
Well, things did NOT go as they “should” have. 🙂 Not a huge surprise – I don’t know anyone whose adoption has gone the way it is “supposed” to go. It is kind of like when you read the books about childbirth and see the movie during your childbirth classes and they talk about the different stages of labor. Have you ever known anyone to have their labor go by that perfect little schedule? I haven’t!
So, we wait. And, we are trying to be patient and wait on God’s timing. We know this is in His hands.
The India director for our agency is in India right now, so, would you join with us as we pray that while she is there she will be able to have good communication about what is going on with our case and what we might expect to happen and when. She will also be asking the sisters at the orphanage if she can go ahead and give Levi the photo album we prepared for him as well as some gifts for him and the other children. This is usually not done at this stage, but we have asked if it could be done so that he would have some time to process this and also build up some excitement for a family.
You see, I have some concerns about what Levi’s thoughts might be about having a family. He has never had one – only what has been provided for him at the orphanage – which I am sure has been a very loving, caring environment, but not the same as a family. One of our main prayers has been that God would be working in his heart and preparing him for this huge change in his life.
Psalm 68:6a God places the solitary in families and gives the desolate a home in which to dwell.
That is what the Lord is doing for Levi. Even though I know Levi has been loved, fed, educated, and cared for – he has not had a mom and a dad. He has not experienced that wonderful institution that God ordained when he created Adam and then Eve.
The family has a wonderful purpose in God’s plan. We raise our children to learn to obey us with a glad heart so that they will grow up and be able to obey God with a joyful heart. We see God’s love, faithfulness, and provision in family. Children grow and learn how God made them and how they can use those talents and abilities for His glory. In famlies, we learn how to treat others and how to really love someone other than ourselves.
All of these things – and more – are what we want to share with Levi. We thank you for your continued prayers for the progress of our adoption of Levi. Pray for God’s sovereign control of all the details, including the timing of when we will travel.
Thank you so much for your partnership with us. Lori