My How Adoption has Blessed Your Life series shares good news happening in the adoption world from all sides of the adoption triad …or just offers a paragraph or two on how the love of adoption is blessing lives. If you’d like to participate, just send me an email. Submission guidelines here. Enjoy!
Today’s Adoption Good News comes from Ashley. She’s an adoptive mom through international adoption who recognizes how her faith gave her “relentless pursuit” to find her son.
We are the Smith Family, who became a family of three when we brought home our Marvel from Ethiopia earlier this year after almost 3 years waiting!
When I think about the ways I have been blessed by adoption, I can’t help but become overwhelmed…there are so many things that come to mind. Not only is it easy to see how blessed we have been by the incredible sacrifices of First Parents…or how we have increased our faith and trust in the Almighty in the process. Or the ways our family has grown to include people a world away…and of course, nothing compares to the beautiful child that I am in awe of getting to be Mommy to…But in addition to ALL that? There’s a picture being painted. A picture of Relentless Pursuit.
Our journey to Marvel wasn’t easy…although compared to his journey to us? it’s nothing to complain about. For me, throughout the process of bringing him home, the greatest blessing I had (besides Marvel of course) was the revelation of the way that God is constantly pursuing us relentlessly. You see, Marvel was half a world away, in less-than-ideal circumstances when we answered the call to grow our family through adoption. And our commitment was challenged many many times through the ebb and flow of the waiting…the paper-chasing…the waiting…the uncertainty…the loss of a referral…and then (you guessed it) more waiting. But through it all, we knew that our child needed us to waiver not. That our child needed us to be relentless in our pursuit. That he needed us to press on. Kind of like the way God is always pursuing our hearts. Half a world away. In less-than-ideal circumstances. Needing a Father that isn’t going to give up on us. It isn’t His plan that any of us be outside of the safety and inheritance of His Family… He isn’t going to stop pursuing each and every one of us. And in some small way, as the longing and desperation in my heart grew, I had a deeper understanding of the Love He has for his children….
Pursuit isn’t easy and it’s rarely without cost. But it is always worth it.
Did you miss last week’s Good News? It’s the story of an adoptive mother who adopted internationally from Taiwan.