There is this time period. With biological children, it is called pregnancy. The time between conception and birth. In adoption, the time frame is unnamed. The time between home study approval and being matched with a child. Like pregnancy, it is full of expectancy, anticipation and impatience to meet your child. Unlike pregnancy, the time is without reasonably expected parameters (ie 9 months). And, unlike pregnancy, the time does not pass with significant physical changes (ie a baby bump). So, what is an expectant couple supposed to do in this time?
That's the question we faced. The energy and determination to finally get our home study completed wore off. The excitement of being approved died down. One, two, three, four weeks passed and the much-anticipated letter that we had been matched with waiting children didn't appear in our mailbox. We knew God had a tangible way to use the love we had already overflowing in our hearts.
The answer was in children who are also in a time period of waiting. Orphans. On a sunny spring day, we spent time with them. Our hearts found joy in their laughter and contentment in their companionship. No matter what label the world gives them, God is so much greater. He cherishes them and calls them His children.
We have no idea what God is preparing for us. Knowing Him and His goodness is enough to say "yes" anyway.
We have gradually built a friendship with our sweet neighbor over the past year. Her smiles brings us joy and we enjoy trading small gifts and special treats. We thank God for a lifestyle that allows time to stop, say hello and get to know our neighbors. Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourself.