Well folks, we are now in month 2 (ish) of creating a Beautiful family. The journey-stage of this month is the home-study. We have an incredible team at Bethany Christian Services making the process efficient and speedy.
A home study is simply a grand story. Through paperwork and interviews, Shane and I get to tell our story, the story of our families, and the story of what we hope to create as a family through this adoption. If you know anything about me, you know that all of this story-telling has been a blast!
On the morning of our home-inspection and interview, the Holy Spirit led me Psalm 139:
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. Psalm 139: 1-4
I sensed the Holy Spirit whisper, “I have already done your home study. I know you through and through and I have chosen the Rosty family to bear my image as an adoptive Father.”
These verses affirmed God’s plan for us to be adoptive parents. He prompted us to look into adoption. He guided us through obedience to wait on his timing. At just the right time, He opened up a pilot program to the country we wanted to adopt from. Then, God allowed us to be the 10th family out of 10 accepted into the program! He brought numerous people native to our adoption country to encourage us directly, even in the very beginning weeks of the process.
But God is not only sovereign over our journey to adoption. God is also sovereign over the life of our child. The rest of Psalms 139 reminded me of this promise:
For you formed [our son or daughter’s] inward parts; you knitted [him] together in [his birth] mother’s womb. I praise you, for [our child is] fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. [Her] frame was not hidden from you, when [she] was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw [his] unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for [our precious child], when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. (Psalm 139:13-18) ESV
God has been affirming this truth from the very beginning. This kid is HIS, from the moment of conception, through the first gasp of breath, to his home in the hands of beautiful nannies and care-takers. And though Shane and I are only human, God has also invited us to be a part of this little life. However, God is now, and always will be, the one holding the life of this child.
Right now, these are 2 separate stories of Gods sovereign grace. Two individual “home studies” from heaven. Someday they will join together, and we will be a Beautiful family.
With our interviews and home inspection finished, we eagerly wait for the next stage of the journey (hint, it involves more paperwork and many dollar signs 🙂 )
This video, by Matt Bieler, is a lovely reminder of exactly what each step is leading up to…
What each month I am waiting for…
What each day I am praying for.
Though we have a long way to go… here’s to hopeful dreams from a future mama!