Yes, a paper pregnancy and a biological pregnancy are more alike than different.
However, inherent in that statement is the assumption that there are differences.
~My non-pregnant body is handling the nesting phase effortlessly.
~We have no physical connection to our coming child, except for a few glorious days during the first trip to see her.
~Many other people scrutinize our personal lives to judge whether they consider us to be fit parents for this child.
~The time we so anticipate–the coming of the child into our family–is radically different than with a biological birth, and so are the days and weeks following.
There are other differences.
But the deepest and most profound difference is why we are boldly asking God to give us Katerina.
For one, “we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.”
For another, it is in the very nature of our God to rescue the needy.
“The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
“…to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.”
“…He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.”
“…you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed…”
“For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.”
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation. God settles the solitary in families…”
Furthermore, He commands His people to,
“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy…”
We do not see ourselves as Katerina’s rescuers. God is her rescuer. If God settles the solitary in families, we can expect Him to tap some families on the shoulder to do the receiving. Could He possibly have made His tap on our shoulder more clear?
He tapped many of you on the shoulder as well, to help supply the ransom money for her life, and to help in other ways with your praying and working and strengthening words to us. To be His hands and feet to give justice to the weak and fatherless Katerina.
So when we boldly pray that Ms. M—— D—– will look over our application, approve of what she sees, and put that approval into the prepaid, pre-addressed FedEx envelope we provided to make it easy for her, we are boldly praying in accordance with the very nature of God toward the fatherless.
P.S. And believe me, we are checking the online tracking of that FedEx standard overnight envelope several times every business day!