It's about to be October and the early days of autumn. The weather is what I consider ideal - breezy, sunny, with highs in the high 70s and low 80s and very low humidity. Fall is a time to remember. I often ponder the "Seasons of Life" when the seasons change.
Right now, I'm remembering this time last year. It was excruciatingly, painfully emotional. Within a week, a friend of ours died, I got terrible news about my extended family that resulted in my uncle going to jail, I got correspondence from the final agency in our state that placed adoptions from South Korea and learned we would not be able to adopt from them. My heart broke, and I ran to our bedroom to cry and kick and scream. I thought that was the end of any possibility to adopt. Did I mention that my husband was gone at a conference and that I got strep throat at the end of the week? Honestly, it was the worst week of my life.
Then, a friend of mine posted a portion of Matthew 16:24 as his Facebook status: "If anyone would come after Me, let Him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me." And, well, that ceased any thoughts of anger or hatred towards God. I was hurt and struggling and felt so spiritually weak, but I knew we were doing the right thing.
How far we have come in a year - from deciding to give domestic adoption a try a few weeks after that terrible week, to returning to international adoption through a completely different plan, to finally deciding on Hong Kong despite our agency's hesitation, to committing to a special needs child, to now - waiting for matching approval that looks like it will come any day now (we got word last week that it is being written, along with some updates on the child we have committed to).
That being said, my message today is: Don't give up. Don't think a pursuit or a dream is ended when all doors seem to be shut. Never doubt that our God is greater and more powerful than all things of this world, and He can use the most desperate and dark of situations to let His glory shine though our lives.
Psalm 71:20 has long been my favorite Scripture: "Though You have made me see troubles, many and bitter, You will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth You will again bring me up."