"Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain." (Psalm 127: 1)
I seem to have an affliction. Ever since we started the process 4 years ago with our first adoption, almost every verse I read brings adoption to mind and Gods heart for it. :)
With the addition of any child into a family, either by birth or adoption, I believe the Lords hands will be in the circumstances, the process and the outcome!
In adoption, Gods heart is so very apparent. A heartbreaking situation where one set of parents can't or sometimes won't take care of a child, and one set of parents that have had a child birthed by another placed on their hearts by God. Gods 'voice' is strong enough to compel those that have been called into action.
Adoption is not for sissies. There is SO much work involved just to be allowed the privilege of being considered as a family for a child, usually an unidentified child! Along with this come all the questions.... Who? What? Where? When? How? Can I? Will they? What if I? What if they? Am I? Are we? Money? Room? Gods will? etc....
Then there are the comments from others, some of which are very sweet and some of which are not! I will not repeat them here, but lets say you most likely can expect to hear some of the negative comments, even from those closest to you!
But in the end... to quote Mother Teresa "In the final analysis, it is all between you and God. It was never between you and them..."
So take heart, take it to God, talk with him about it, and listen with your heart. Adoption is beating strong in the heart of God! We are His by adoption, and as such we are joint heirs with Christ. I believe that each time a heart is motivated to adoption, Gods heart overflows with JOY!
Adoption requires FAITH IN GOD! The answers won't always be there, but God will be! Let God build your house, your family, your life! Do not labor in vain!