Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Distractions

I realized it's been awhile since I've posted, but there's just not much going on in regards to the adoption. There is, as usual, lots going on not related to the adoption. We had a momentary glimpse of parenthood a few weeks ago, when we were offered the opportunity to pursue a domestic adoption. If it had worked out, we would have become parents within the week the opportunity presented itself. However, for reasons I am not going to go into here, it did not work out. We prayed long and hard about this decision, and requested prayer from others, for clarity and wisdom about pursuing this. It was made very clear to us that this was not what God had planned to build our family.

Our pastor spoke a few weeks ago about the things that distract us from the journey God has for us. There have been numerous times during the adoption process when we have been presented with other options to build our family. I always wondered why God would show these to us and then take them away. I no longer believe that. I believe that these other opportunities are distractions, meant to guide us away from what God truly has planned for us if we are willing to wait on His timing. When we pray and truly seek His guidance for our decision-making, every opportunity has fallen through, and not once have we felt grief or distress from that, only "peace which surpasses all understanding"(Philippians 4:7). It is hard to wait, but we will continue to seek God's will for our family and hope that we will build our family before we are Sarai and Abram's age. ;)

2 comments:

Amy T. S. said...

Great points, Courtney. It is challenging and beautiful to see God's will in the midst of this process. It's quite the process, eh? My mom loves the Ukraine and wanted us to adopt from there but we are going domestic. Well, I don't know you, so I guess you can consider me a blog stalker, but I will come back to your blog for inspiration when I become discouraged.

In Him,
Amy

Laurel said...

Merry Christmas Courtney!
GREAT post. I relate to it entirely!!! We started with the domestic route last year, had 11 birthmom contacts that didn't work out, then switched to this Ukraine adoption and well..... the wait continues! Note: we DID adopt our son domestically 4 years ago, so it CAN work occassionally!!! Merry Christmas to you guys. We're praying for you.
Laurel