Wow! Can I just say how very COOL God is?!
He is so into the details that I do not know why it is that I am so surprised when He comes up with some of this stuff!
It’s a good thing you are sitting down this could take a minute, but I will work on the Reader’s Digest version. Since the call from the agency that stated that China may like us I have been in an interesting state. I posted here that I didn’t want it to turn out to be what I now call the ‘twin’ incident. I didn’t want it to be about what I wanted but what was God’s plan. My conundrum was that I had thought that it WAS His plan. I had been praying about it, loving on those beautiful little faces and feeling like our next child was there.
Then we got the information that we weren’t going to be accepted. Two different agencies told us no. I don’t know if it was because they didn’t want to deal with it or what, but they just said nope.
A little plug here, WACAP is the agency that took the time to brainstorm and work through all the options and then call us back and tell us that we were good to go, and they were confident that we could go get a child from China.
Anyway, I posted here, that I had found a peace from God about Ethiopia and going back there. I think it’s why when we got the call from WACAP that I was thrown for such a loop. I had closed the part of my heart that wanted to adopt from China and embraced Ethiopia with my whole heart again. I didn’t know what I was supposed to feel…being given China back was as if I were being given a gift I didn’t deserve…
I had just been praying that day about the direction we were going, and why we weren’t moving forward.
Then the Raffle took hold.
I had no idea how it was going to work or even if it was…but I thought that I had to do something. I had to step out and put it all out there and see what He said. Then the donations came in! Then I cried like every time I got a new email that we had gotten a new donation… seriously I could not comprehend the generosity of the people donating money. I mean it’s not like I was offering an iPad or anything…but donate you did and my heart swelled each time. Then you FB’d it and blogged about it and I cried even more. (I know dramatic… but apparently I am becoming more so)
Saturday was supposed to be the cut off, but then I got some requests to extend it. I prayed about it, and decided that those of you that donated wouldn’t be too upset and since we hadn’t met out goal that it wouldn’t hurt. Then Tuesday came to mind. I had no idea why Tuesday was of significance but that was the day I knew I was supposed to end it.
Sunday God shared the Mustard Seed story with me…
Tuesday is the day that Just Love Them came to my blog (from someone else’s post), read my post about the Moving Mountains… and God told them to help move that mountain!
In the busy-ness of the week I wasn’t able to do my drawing until Thursday night. I was really feeling like I needed to get the drawing done last night…God was really nudging me.
I got an email today from one of the winners that God had used the raffle to answer a prayer for her …that needed an answer today because of a deadline!
During all of this S and D were on a youth renewal retreat over the weekend. While they were gone they both were praying.
S came home and said to me that she didn’t feel like we were supposed to go to China…that she had seen a video with pictures that led her to think that her sister is in Ethiopia…so I went to D and asked him. I thought we had decided that because China had said yes that that was where we were going to go, but he said no…Ethiopia is the place. How do I argue with that?
I don’t. It’s clearly God.
He set all these things in motion to move us into action…to move others into action… to get us to see His plan…while answering other’s prayers.
So not to confuse you, but while I am still in love with those beautiful Chinese babies I am not to mother one… right now ;)
I called our HS agency and told her and she’s very excited…it helps with the renewing of the HS…not as much to have to change up.
SO… GOD is SO COOL! SO COOL! Thanks for hanging in this long!