First things first, as I know you are all waiting with bated breath. We did not meet the deadline to respond to immigration today, so we’ve had to withdraw our applications for immigration approval. It was pretty stressful up until the end, but God provided such clarity and peace last week as it was becoming apparent that we wouldn’t make it. It’s not the end of the story, just part of a chapter. We will be able to reapply once we can get additional documents. Just another bump in this windy road.
We are feeling so blessed these days even in the midst of this disappointing season of life. It’s really only disappointing because we are fooled into thinking this world is our home. That this is all there is. Because this isn’t our home, we have nothing to fear and nothing to lose. Jesus has overcome the world, and we live in him.
I don’t think I’ve ever quite realized how powerful this truth is. We can live recklessly. Yesterday, our pastor preached a sermon on true greatness. We can become great for the kingdom by serving. He challenged us to turn our unholy ambition into holy ambition by striving for what God desires.
While there are many unholy ambitions that continue to rear their ugly heads, I do feel there is a holy ambition in pursuing this adoption. I do believe that God loves these children, and that they are worthy of fighting for. Worthy of putting our lives on hold (in a worldly sense), worthy of spending a reckless amount of money, worthy of the stress and exhaustion. The weird thing is that it’s worth it even if they never come home. Sometimes God leads you to build an ark and then tells you later that the ark was just a sign of something bigger.
It’s an eternal purpose that we fight for. It’s not about us or about the kids. It’s about obedience to Jesus. It’s about his glory. It’s about the fact that this world may end tomorrow, and I want to be faithful with my last hours on earth.
This story is bigger than us and these kids. It’s bigger than adoption or social justice. It’s a story of redemption. God’s redemption of the world.