Whitney and I are about 6 months or so into our adoption journey. Already I have a whole new appreciation for anyone who has adopted a child for sure. Some of the events on our timeline have included making the decision to adopt, filling out initial paperwork, going through phone interviews, communicating our decision to friends and family, getting medical work done, filling out more and more paperwork, trusting God for finances, getting fingerprinted, spending 4 hours in pscycological evaluation, spending 4 hours in our homestudy, and of course doing more paperwork and fundraising. All of this and we are still in the beginning stages of this whole process. How amazing it will be after all of this planning, praying, and sacrificing to finally one day in the future get to that point where we pick this little orphan up in our arms and say welcome home my child.
I love what it says in Ephesians 1, "4 Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure" In other words, before God even created the world His plan was to adopt us as His forever children. I think our journey to adopting a child is long but it is nothing compared to God's plan to adopt us. Over thousands of years God was going through His adoption journey which included calling Abraham, giving him a child, raising up a special people for Himself, patiently enduring their errant ways, graciously giving His law and prophets to speak for Him, and eventually sending His perfect Son into the world as a baby to live for 33 years in a human body and ultimately to suffer beyond words by laying His own life down. This is what God planned and endured to complete our adoption so that He could pick you and me up as orphans and through Christ say, 'Welcome home my child.'
p.s. On a final note, Whitney and I want to say thankyou for many who have supported us along this journey and donated items for the garage sale this past Saturday. We invite you to follow along in our journey at our blog at http://bwejdunn.blogspot.com/ and if you can come hang out with us on Oct 27th (6-9 PM) for an adoption fundraising party for us and the Bramletts at the Bridge (StoneBridge Student Building).