Today, December 17, 2010, marks exactly 3 months of being on the waitlist for our baby girl in Ethiopia...Caroline Faith.
My heart is full to the point of overflowing, so here it is...
Last night, we had the opportunity to be interviewed for a video that our church will be showing on a Sunday at the first of the year about "caring for the fatherless".
The fact that we will have an entire Sunday dedicated to "caring for the fatherless" is such a huge God-thing, I am overwhelmed. I am already praying that God will use this to call our church to love and care for orphans...and bring them HOME!
Well, I can't share our story without crying. It's impossible. There is just so much emotion involved in this beautiful, God-ordained adoption journey, and my love for Caroline is so strong, the tears ALWAYS flow. In fact, they're in my eyes right now.
I pray that God will use my feeble, tear-filled, Southern drawled words to bring glory to His name. They interviewed several other members of our church, and they are going to compile our interviews into one video.
Here's my heart on this...
God is calling His people to care for the orphan, the widow, the poor, the needy, the oppressed...the "least of these". He is calling His church to rise up, step out of our comfort zones, and have faith to follow Him wherever He leads.
Will it be easy? No way.
Will it will convenient? Absolutely not.
Will it be popular? Nope.
What will it require? Everything.
In Luke 14:33, Jesus says, "In the same way, those of you who do not give up EVERYTHING you have cannot be my disciples."
But here's what I'm learning along the journey. Giving up everything to follow Christ is really the only way to do it. Nothing else in this world satisfies. And the story that He writes is so beautiful and fulfilling...and worth it.
Caroline Faith, you are a beautiful part of God's story. I thank Him everyday that He called us to bring you home. You are meant to be a part of our family. Just like I held your brother and sisters in my womb, I hold you in my heart. Silently yearning for the day you're in our arms. We will wait as long as it takes to bring you home. God has called us to you, and He will be faithful to complete this journey.
Hold on, baby girl. We love you, and we're coming soon.