On the flight down I read a book called Kisses from Katie. While my sweet friend Kara thought it was the wasn't the best choice (she was kinda right - I was crying on the plane) it ended up being the best thing I could have read. Here's an excerpt:
"Jesus called His followers to be a lot of things, but I have yet to find where He warned us to be safe. We are not called to be safe, we are simply promised that when we are in danger, God is right there with us. And there is no better place to be than in His hands."
I can't tell you how many times people said, "Be safe" before I left. Yes. I had fears about many things. But our God is bigger than my fears.
The following scripture kept going on in my head: "From everyone who has been given much much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much will be asked." Luke 12:48
Much was asked of us. We were asked to leave the comforts of our home and our daily lives to travel to an unknown. We were asked to work hard to bring a little girl home to be part of our family. We were asked to shake up a lot of our world to make it all happen.
From everyone who has been given much...
From Katie's book:
"The truth is that the 143 million orphaned children and the 11 million who starve to death or die from preventable diseases and the 8.5 million who work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions and the 2.3 million who live with HIV add up to 164.8 million needy children. And though at first glance that looks like a big number, 2.1 billion people on this earth proclaim to be Christians.
The truth is that if only 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left.
This is the truth. I have the freedom to believe it. The freedom, the opportunity to do something about it. The truth is that He loves these children just as much as He loves me and now that I know, I am responsible."
On Saturday and Sunday we spent the day with a few of those children that He loves dearly. We got to meet a little girl for the first time. A little girl full of spunk and attitude and the greatest hugs a mother could ask for. One who I can already tell will be sassy and big trouble when she's finally home with her brother. One who I was in love with before I ever met her and I cry now thinking about leaving her.
This is a long journey to bringing her home. It's filled with challenges and unknowns and a few times I've wanted to vomit my guts out. But He has called us to fight for her. To fight for these children.
The least of these.
God never said it was going to be easy. But He did say He'd be by our side the entire time.
I have felt Him with us this entire trip.