As we started our adoption journey, I would hear over and over again how the hardest part will be the waiting. We have found out that this is so true!
Honestly, I don't mind the filling out the paperwork--the grant writer in me, I suppose--but I DO mind the waiting: waiting for the appointments, waiting for the Home Study, waiting for approvals, waiting on others to do their part. If I were in control, our dossier would have been submitted, and we would be on our way to bring Bella home.
But, guess what? I am not in control, AND others are not in control--God is! What peace comes to my soul when I stop and remember that comforting fact! God IS in control, not me, not my social worker, not the state, not USCIS.... Therefore, I can rest in Him knowing that His timing is perfect and His ways are not my own. Ahh...Resting in Him. What comfort!
When times are trying, I meditate on this--my very favorite Bible verse:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11