"My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways."
Yesterday I read this verse (along with others) on Kim's blog and it stuck out to me. Today I read a blog I've recently found and low and behold...there's that verse again. I think the Lord is telling me something. :) I hear you, Lord!
One thing that's been on my heart a lot lately is adoption. Matt and I feel the Lord leading us in that direction and have since we were first married. The biggest step of faith in all of this will be trusting Him to provide the finances because it is NOT cheap. In fact, it's crazy expensive.
I have always wanted to adopt. Probably since I was 12 years old. Every time I see a little Chinese girl with her Caucasian parents I want to cry because I think it's the sweetest thing ever. Matt and I really want to adopt from China. This has been "our plan" for about 5 years. There are over 15 million orphans in China. 95% of those are girls. Most of those girls are abandoned because of the one child per family laws.
The reason we haven't actually adopted from there yet is because Chinese law requires you to be 30 years old. Since we are approaching that big birthday, I requested information from several different Christian adoption agencies. We could start the paper work at 29 1/2 years old. That's only 6 months from now. It seems a couple of the laws required to adopt from China have changed since last year. Much to our disappointment! One being you have to have a net worth of $80,000! I don't know many 29 or 30 year olds that have that kind of net worth. I have been very discouraged. Our hearts have been in China for so many years. It's not to say we can't adopt from there one day, but I want to now! :) So, Matt and I were discussing it the other night. Maybe the Lord doesn't want us to adopt from China. Maybe His plan is somewhere else. His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. We are trusting and leaning on Him to lead us in the right direction. Please pray that we will know His voice and trust Him alone as we follow.
Though we are very sad about not adopting from China at this time, this means we can adopt sooner and have our little one quicker! China is the only country that has an age limit of 30. Other countries, including the US, are much younger.
"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3