As a young girl, I had an ache in my heart for adoption. I didn’t really understand much about the concept, all I knew was that I believed that my heart had the capacity to love a child…any child. Fast forward several years into adulthood, that ache remained but it wasn’t so much at the surface any longer, it lie buried by the busyness of my own three biological children.
Ministry took me to Third World countries and orphanages where the hollowed and longing stares of the fatherless reminded my heart of the ache and more importantly, of the vast need. But I was in no position to bring another child into the home. Our home was one of chaos. As years progressed, I felt certain that what I had hoped for was just that…a hope. I could not see how it could become a reality.
It was buried once again, but not because I was too busy caring for my family and ministering to the lost and wounded. It was out of necessity – I was just trying to survive.
God, our Master Creator wove every one of us with the intention of glorifying Him. He places desires in our hearts and sometimes, those desires seem so very, very impossible. I wonder if that’s the very reason why God places those particular desires – because it IS impossible for them to come to fruition without Him working it out…weaving it all together.
It is impossible, to say the least, foolish, for the wife of a man who struggles with an addiction to alcohol to bring a broken and wounded child into the home…that’s what I knew, that’s where it stood, that was the end of that desire.
But God doesn’t place those desires in us to torment us, to frustrate us…He places them there so that He may be glorified. Adoption was a long way off…there was a marriage that needed to be redeemed, a heart that needed to repent.
God cleaned up a mess of a marriage. He restored a family. He restored a man. He renewed my heart. He proved Himself faithful, proved Himself trustworthy and Holy. He proved that He is God, He is in control, nothing can thwart His plan…not even man’s stubborn and sinful ways.
Our adoption story is an incredible story…just like thousands of others. But the fact that there WAS an adoption at all, the fact that a marriage was strong and steadfast enough to pursue adoption – that in itself is a testimony that God will see you through your desire!
Watch the video of our story – it will encourage you. (the link is at the bottom of the page). Think about our story and the fact that a few years after restoration and redemption, God saw to it that my desire – for His glory – would be fulfilled. The miracle of our “Luke” goes beyond redeeming the fatherless…we first had to be redeemed, our marriage restored.
If you are doubting your call or God’s provision, or if it will happen at all…take heart!
NO MAN, NO CIRCUMSTANCE, NO GOVERNMENT, NO RED-TAPE, NO LACK OF FUNDS, NOTHING, CAN THWART GOD’S PLAN IN YOUR LIFE IF YOU ARE WILLING TO SURRENDER TO HIM!
Trust Him – I promise you, He’s already working on the outcome…on your redemption story.
Joy McClain: True Woman Profile – YouTube