When I was 15 I had a plan.
- Graduate college
- Find a man
- Get married
- Adopt a dog
- Be adopted by a cat
- Have kids
- Live happily ever after
My life soooooo didn’t go according to plan.
I didn’t graduate college till I was almost 30. I had two failed marriages. The dogs and cat didn’t come till after I turned 30. And children of my own body will never happen. Some of the reasons my life didn’t go according to plan are my fault, some were things that were never in my control to begin with.
Like many couples, we struggled for years to have children. Eventually we made the life altering decision to open our hearts to adoption. (Let me just say here that this was not a decision we made lightly, nor was it an attempt to replace childbearing. Adoption is an entirely different emotional adjustment and needs to be approached with prayer and care)
That said, we went through the process and were eventually selected by a young couple to raise their baby that was due in approximately 5 more moths. We really bonded with them. They said it was very important to them for their child to be raised in a Christian home. They let us pray with them.
Just a month later we got a call from another agent. An Emergency Situation – a baby had been born in a local hospital and the mother had just walked out. Classic abandonment. Did we want the baby? Martin and I looked at each other…we were tempted. Oh so tempted. We could honor our agreement with the first couple and wait for their baby, or go right now and come home with a baby today. Oh we were tempted. That’s when grief unresolved rears its ugly head. My arms ached to hold a baby, any baby. But we prayed, and felt a sense of peace about honoring our agreement with the first couple. We felt good about that decision.
Then it happened again, the very next week. Similar situation. This time it was twins. Oh my word! But again we decided to wait and go with the couple we had already committed to.
We were now just a month or two away from her due date. It looked like our happily ever after was just around the corner.
But …(why is there always a but?)
A week later this couple, that had been so open and sweet turned out to be dishonest. They chose to disappear with a large chunk of money and a huge piece of our hearts.
We were devastated.
We were in shock.
Why had God allowed us to connect so well with this couple? Why did He allow them to defraud us? Why had He given us such peace about continuing with a couple that HE knew was going to wrong us? A couple that he knew was lying to us and their own extended family?
Some good things came out of the situation.
We watched our agent display integrity and compassion.
We were able to be a witness to the couple through our opportunity to show them mercy and not press charges. As well as the various kindnesses along the way.
Maybe God’s purpose was the timing? For those of you who have met Ginny, you know the story turns out well. But did you know that she is a miracle of timing?
The very same weekend that we had been invited out to meet our first couple. The very same weekend that we were supposed to go to an ultrasound appointment with them
Is the same weekend, even the same HOUR that Ginny’s birth parents were having an ultrasound that showed them Ginny. That was when they were making their decision that would lead to us adopting Ginny.
We didn’t know it at the time of course. All we knew was that we had been hurt by one couple and we didn’t know what to do next. Weeks later when I eventually saw the ultrasound for Ginny, the time and date stamp just leaped right off the page at me. I got chills.
Was that the purpose of the whole mess with the first couple? Was God just trying to keep us on hold with them so that we wouldn’t jump at those two abandonment situations? Was he trying to make sure we would be ready and waiting when Ginny’s birth parents were ready to make their decision?
Maybe. It is certainly one pattern that I can see. But was that God’s purpose?
I don’t know.
I may never know.
But here is the key to the whole thing
I don’t need to know.
It is enough for me to know that God is good. I can trust that God did have a purpose in everything that lead us to Ginny. NOT because I finally have my fairy tale, but because all things are in God’s control and he works all things together for HIS GLORY
HE interrupted my plans (multiple times, but who’s counting?) so that He could give me something far greater than anything that was on my pristine plan.
Yes Ginny is nearly eight now, but I still marvel at how beautifully God orchestrated events so that Ginny would be part of our family and we would be forever part of hers.