"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

Friday, March 26, 2010

Not Right Now

So we're taught as children that God answers all prayers.  It might now be the answer you want at that very moment, but it's answered.  We're also taught that God answers prayers with 3 answers: "Yes", "No", and "Not Right Now."  Well, we were given a very good "Not Right Now" example just yesterday.  As much as Amy and I plan things out, we often make major life decisions spur of the moment.  2 great examples are our house and the van.  The adoption process however, is not going to be such an event.  Since submitting our application for the Waiting Child Program we have been perusing the shared lists.  This is a list of all children from China in the Waiting Child Program.  Agencies across the nation have access to this list so there are many children on it.  Well, yesterday morning Amy calls me and tells me to come over to the Children's Center.  I assume that one of the boys has been crazy and I am being called over to help out by disciplining him.  It wouldn't be the first time, and I know it certainly won't be the last.  However, when I arrive, I find Amy looking at the shared list on her computer.  There is a picture of an adorable little girl, about Jack's age.  Her special need is listed as clubfoot and DD.  Through much research and discussion Amy and I have completed our list of special needs that we will be able to care for and clubfoot is on that list.  At the moment we were unsure about what DD might be.  So, I tell Amy to call the lady at the agency and inquire about the little girl, it couldn't hurt right?

Well, long story short, Amy gets in touch with the lady at our agency that is in charge of placements and the list.  DD refers to developmental delay although details of what this might be are sketchy and often completely unknown.  We wouldn't know anything for sure until we requested the little girl's file so we could review it.  However, at this point Amy asks if there is any way around the age limit; remember per Chinese law both parents must be at least 30.  The answer is no, no waivers for this requirement.  So, the process is definitely on hold for the next year and a half until we both turn 30.  However, we are not saddened or disappointed.  In fact, we feel quite the opposite.  It is God's answer for us, telling us that it is not in our plans, at least "not right now."  Instead, it seems to support our original plan of paying off all of the credit cards and car before the adoption process officially begins.  A perfect answer for us.  We will have the time to research, pray, and mentally, emotionally, and financially prepare.  That is just fine with us.  We are quite at peace with everything.  Obviously we would have to be either way since there is no way around this requirement, but it does help to be truly alright with the answer we are given.  It WILL happen, we WILL get our daughter.  Just "not right now."

All is well, with answered prayers, in Drosche Land. 

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