I began feeling the tug on my heart for adoption again in the summer of 2010. I casually brought it up to my husband and he emphatically said, “No!” Over the next few weeks, I continued mentioning it to him and kept hearing, “No.” So, I waited and prayed that if it was truly in our family’s destiny to go back to China to adopt once again, that Holy Spirit would whisper that to my husband, as well.
One Sunday after church, we were reflecting on the sermon. The sermon was concerning how we are to be God’s hands and feet. Pastor spoke about the injustice going on in so much of our world and how you can’t blindly turn away when your eyes have been opened. It was a powerful and inspiring message. Clearly, God was speaking to both of us and we were listening.
When God Speaks
I happened to be in charge of the “Orphan Sunday” portion of our church service that was to be held that November. I told my husband a few things I had pondered to share and then I said, “At the end, I could share how we’re going back to China for a son.” He simply said, “Let’s do it!”
We quickly started completing the adoption paper work for our youngest son. When we told our oldest daughter, she said, “Cool! Who has to share a room?” Our youngest daughter said, “We’re going to have to get another car seat.” Our youngest son learned how to say, “Brother!” We were all so excited!
A Dream From God
A few months later, I came across a journal entry I had written. In my journal, I write down prayers, scriptures, song ideas and any dreams I feel are significant. (I would easily forget them if I didn’t!) An entry dated August 2009 said: “I had a dream we adopted a little boy from China with a cleft lip and palate.”
I promise you I do NOT remember having that dream! There is a fairly commonly used quote in the Asian adoption community that says, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.”
I don’t believe in fate, but I very much believe in destiny. I believe our days are destined before we are even formed in the womb. I believe that God always knew we would have a son from China, we just didn’t know it until it was time.
Jeremiah 1:5 (MSG) – “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.”
God’s Perfect Plan
This adoption was always God’s most perfect plan for our family…and for our son! God cares so much about each of us. He writes a beautiful story for our lives before we even take our first breath. We believe in a God who loved a baby on the other side of the world so much that He gave this mama a dream exactly nine months before he was born. Come on, what are the chances? Only God!
This excerpt is taken from Rachel Shafer’s book Expect God.