We’ve been in the process of adopting from Japan for a little over a year. Well, that’s not true. We’ve been in the process for over 13 years because I told my wife even before we were engaged that if we were going to be together, one day we would adopt from Japan.
I guess if you want to be completely accurate, God foresaw and predestined this good work from the foundations of the earth, but maybe we won’t go back that far.
Early Thanksgiving morning, I woke up praying, standing once again for our son in Japan. We have had a picture, but no name and no location. We have waited for three weeks or so while one more agency needed to sign off on the adoption and it has caused all travel arrangements and further planning to be on hold. When my wife looked at her email about 7:30 AM this morning, she said, “We got it! We got it!”
“We got what?” I asked.
“We got the email with final approval.” Now we are one step closer to bringing our son home! We know his name and location and it couldn’t be better. He is a city where we have missionary friends so we can stay with them. While we have to be in Tokyo, there are other friends who are putting us up. We could still be home before Christmas!
Granted, there are still some financial hurdles, but nothing is impossible with our God. I have been reminded of this scripture and so thankful that He gives us the grace to hold on through it all.
And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. –Philippians 1:6
Besides the wonderful miracle of receiving another child into our family, God is doing a work in me and my family and community. God is perfecting and bringing things into completion. Restoration is at work 24 hours a day and seven day a week. Redemption is advancing in and through us.
I’m overwhelmed and overtaken with gratitude and praise for our magnificent God! He is well able to bring us into the land of our promise. The start is beautiful, but the completion is glorious…