Faith and obedience

February 3rd, 2011

The experienced adoptive mom who wrote this to me…

“Susanna, our homestudy visit was one of the scariest moments in our adoption process, until it happened, then it wasn’t so bad.”

…was right.

Not bad at all.  In fact, it was fun!

After lunch Joe and I had a pleasant telephone conversation with Jana from Lifeline.  We found out that some very large fees will be coming due very shortly!

And then the excitement was over.  I realized that I was tired!

So I took a break from thinking about the adoption.

I went out to the playgarden room to enjoy being one of these…

…by relaxing with some of these…

…cute little boy-people…

…and making them do this…

…while holding a sleeping one of these…

…instead of writing an update here for all of you.

But that’s okay, because of what I have to tell you next!

After we tucked all those cute little creatures into bed tonight, and puttered around doing some small chores at the end of the day, my mind went inexorably to the next adoption task.  It wasn’t long before I remembered to ask Joe how much money we have in the bank for tomorrow.

He figured it out.

The amount we had fell short!

We’d had a friend offer to loan us a large sum of money, and we knew that we could use some of it to make up the difference.  Until then, we had not needed to consider borrowing any of that.

We talked it over.

And came to the conclusion that we are going to stick with what we said at first.  God will lead by what He provides.  We are not going to circumvent His leading by going against our better judgment and borrowing, no matter how kind the offer was.  And it was kind!

So if God provided the funds by tomorrow, we would commit to this little girl tomorrow.  If He did not provide them by tomorrow, we would wait until He did provide.

We talked about the other large fees that are coming soon.  They are adding up fast!  And it is impossible for us to pay any of them!

Then we reminded each other that God could as easily provide $100 as $5000.  We will wait on HIM.  We will look to HIM, not to ourselves or others.  We are ready to move when He says “Move,” or wait when He says, “Wait!”

I did not feel free to ask God to provide the money by tomorrow.  He knows better than we do exactly what needs to happen and when!

As I worked on combing and braiding the girls’ hair before their bedtime, I mentally laid the situation down before Him and left it there, chatting with the girls.

A moment later, Joe came into the room and put his hands on my shoulders and said, “Drop that comb and come here and look at this!  Here’s our answer about tomorrow!”

The email from our dear friends stated,  “We don’t know if you have received all you need for tomorrow, but we want to contribute $250 to be added to the total.”

I called them immediately to explain the significance of what they had just done!  Of course I didn’t get far before the tears came, too!

We want to publicly thank the five families who just sent us money gifts for this adoption.  We recognize that for you to give at this point in the process was truly an act of faith.  You acted in faith and obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  He directly used your obedience to lead us to officially commit to this little girl tomorrow.  Thank you.  May He pay you back many times over what you have just given to Him.

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for keeping Your promise to us to make our way plain.  We worship You.


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10 Responses to “Faith and obedience”

  1. cindy says:

    PTL   I’ve also seen how sticking with trusting God NO MATTER WHAT is so much better than trying to rearrange things ourselves. 

  2. Scott says:

    Susanna, you just keep moving forward, holding onto your Heavenly Papa’s hand, and this “crazy” thing WILL happen.

  3. Shauna says:

    wow! just wow!  will I ever stop being surprised by the amazing things God does?

  4. Stephanie Blanchard says:

    Oh yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  I had a good amount of quiet time earlier to sit and pray (while rocking sweet babies.. *sigh*)  I’m so glad I followed the urge to pray for this journey this afternoon.  Praise God!

  5. stephanie says:

    I cannot come here without leaving in tears and having my own faith and trust  in Jesus given a boost. This is all so beautifully amazing!

  6. Ilisa says:

    Wow!  Great post!

  7. Lara Font says:

    I’m with Stephanie..I have been praying “let go and let God” a lot in the past few days..thank you my sister for boosting my faith at the moment I needed it most!  Praise God for His faithfulness!  what precious boys (and girl)  XO

  8. Erin says:

    AWesome and Beautiful Post, AMAZED.

  9. Marilyn Osborn says:

    Praising the Lord that you had a good experience with your home visit.  I KNEW you would.  :)
    Thank you for sharing your testimony about God’s provision. The Lord provided for our adoptions (probably around 55, 000 over the years. YIKES!) through many generous gifts, extra work,  our house flooding (he he), a surprise fundraising party,  the profit from the sale of our home when we moved, and by an interest free loan from friends.  We were so very blessed all along the journey to see how He paved the way and provided.  We know the Lord will meet your needs as well.  So excited for you and that sweet girl!

  10. Tara says:

    Tears, here. I love how big our God is!

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