I felt God's call to adoption l-o-n-g before Sean did. In fact, it was over 5 years long until Sean was willing to take some tiny, timid steps towards learning about adoption! It took us 3 tries before we found our agency and started attending adoption classes. During one of our class break times, Sean and I cornered a social worker and shared our fears about another couple we knew of that had requested a healthy infant and was referred a special needs child. We stated rather emphatically that we did not want that to happen to us. LOL! Lo and behold, God sure does have a sense of humor! Quite a few months later, we got a call from our social worker saying that the main agency had called her with a referral for a little girl with special needs. She told them we would NOT be interested but they insisted she call us because she kept hearing our name running thru her head. As soon as our social worker said a little girl I knew, I just knew, this was our daughter. So the couple who was scared silly about the prospect of a child with special needs accepted this little one and couldn't be more blessed! She came home at 15 1/2 months old and just turned 5. She does have more special needs then we were even aware of but she is amazing! I am so thankful God was in control because if we would have been, we would have missed out on this precious gift because of our fears.
It's funny how people comment all the time.....
"I could never love someone else's child" neither could we....without God.
"I could never afford to adopt" neither could we...without God's serious intervention.
"I could never parent a special needs child" neither could we...without God's daily strength and guidance.
God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called!This was not the plan we would have chosen but it is the Best plan. It is more than I ever could have imagined, much more. It is harder but oh so much sweeter too! Especially when your daughter looks into your eyes and says, "you're the best!"
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly
above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us,
to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus
to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV