There is nothing I love better than a good 'God story.'
When Sarah called me a few months ago, I saw it right away - His fingerprints all over their lives, working in them and around them to change this world.
Let me start at their beginning.
In autumn of 2011, I watched and photographed as they promised each other a lifetime of love before their family and friends. Now, three short years later, God is weaving new beauty into the fabric of their lives.
When I sat down with Sarah at her consultation, I asked her to tell me their story. Adoption is an awesome choice - brilliant, beautiful, and courageous - just like bringing a new life into your family the traditional way. Both are choices, both beautiful, both courageous, but adoption is unique in its process, and those who adopt never find themselves there without intention.
I love the way God works in our hearts, and we have no inkling of what He's doing until months and years later. As is so often the case, Sarah told me that as she looked back at their journey towards adoption, it all began with a simple shift in perspective. Almost two years ago, they took a class called…PERSPECTIVES. Go figure, right? ;) And it did. It shifted their perspective and they began to think differently and pray differently. They began to see themselves as part of God's story, even if they didn't yet know how their role in His story looked.
Sarah told me that she started to see things about adoption popping up randomly in her life. She'd see a sign here, or a Facebook post there. She told me that November is Adoption Awareness Month. In a quiet and subtle way that all of the ads and promotion in the world can't orchestrate in a heart, God had made her truly AWARE. It was late one night, unable to sleep, that she was captivated by a simple photo of a child she saw on Facebook, that she knew this awareness was something.
On the way home from a Christmas gathering, this awareness turned into a conversation between her and Gid, that led them to an adoption seminar in March. Sarah grinned at this part of the story, and told me that coming home from the adoption seminar "Gid was pumped."
They started the lengthy application process in late spring.
That's what this child is.
On purpose, with fierce intention.
Chosen, not just by Gid and Sarah, but by a God who would go to endless lengths to love this one child through them.
Their paperwork is completed and submitted, and now they wait...
…and sometimes that's difficult, because when your heart has been given a dream and a promise, waiting for that dream to take on skin is a test of faith that's a great deal harder than you'd think. This is their in-between…so they celebrate what God has promised before it's fulfilled because that's what faith does. It celebrates because it sees the big picture even though all the pieces of the puzzle aren't together just yet.
…and in our 'in-betweens' God often throws in these beautiful pink sunsets, just to remind us what He's like.
And He's bringing the missing puzzle pieces of your dream together. So just trust, and enjoy the sunset He's painting for you as you wait...