I can’t wait for Olguine and David to finally come home. Actually, I can and I will since I don’t really have a choice but you know what I mean. It has been over a year since the earthquake rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010. Soon after, God brought Olguine and David to our attention and asked us if we would open up our hearts, our home and our family to these sibling orphans. God has worked miracles in our lives and opened our hearts not only to Olguine and David but to His constant, amazing and intimate love for each of us.
Foreign adoption takes a long time. In our fast-food, headline news, what’s the latest tragedy American mentality, January 12, 2010 was a long time ago…and the kids still are not here. As a culture, we are not very good at waiting, especially waiting with any purpose. After fifteen months in the trenches of foreign adoption, we are very close to bringing Olguine and David home. It is very possible that we will bring them home this month. But the closer we get, the harder it is to wait. You know how it is. Emails and phone calls are made and it seems like forever before a reply comes. You think you are done with all the paperwork and then another document is needed, another form needs to be completed. Is it ever going to end? Every day feels like a week. With every step closer, it gets more and more difficult. What could possibly take so long? Sometimes I want to cry out, “I can’t wait!” I can’t wait for the process to be over. I can’t wait for the “not knowing when they are coming home” to be done. I can’t wait to get on that plane with them in Port au Prince. I can’t wait to touch down on American soil. I can’t wait for Noah, Luke, Sam and Lily to wrap their arms around Olguine and David for the first time. I can’t wait for them to be in their new home. I can’t wait for family dinner with Olguine and David at the table. I can’t wait to finally fulfill our promise to bring them home. I can’t wait for them to know the security of a loving family. I can’t wait. But, of course, God has a lesson in this for me.
I believe that God is telling me – Chris, don’t miss the grace of today because you are fixated on the day you bring the kids home. I want to work miracles in your heart today and everyday before, during and after the day Olguine and David come home… Wow, God, I am so sorry for missing you in the waiting because I am waiting for something else in the future.
Don’t we all do that? How often are we just wasting time while we are waiting for something to end or something else to start – a school year, summer camp, a bad situation to go away, a new job, a boyfriend, a girlfriend even just the weekend to begin? But God wants to work signs and wonders in our lives today. Say yes and receive what God has for you today, don’t wait for that “something” to happen. It is OK that I “can’t wait” for Olguine and David to come home but it is not OK to miss what God has for me today. It is OK that you “can’t wait” for something. But don’t wait for the “can’t wait” moments to receive God’s miracles today! I can’t wait to hear about your “I can’t wait” moments but in the mean time, God has something big for both of us!
“So they stayed for a considerable period, speaking out boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the word about his grace by granting signs and wonders to occur through their hands.” Acts 14:3