We always knew we would adopt. We always knew we would adopt later. Later, when we had been married for a while. Later, when we had money. Later, when we were 30. Later, once we had traveled the world. Later, when we were ready.
But Jesus turned our later into now. He called us to step out in faith, into the unknown, into the “I thought we’d do this later” moments, now. That’s the radical thing about following Jesus. He turns our laters into nows.
January of 2012 – after having read Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, we were on a quest to live better stories. To say “yes” to life and God. So, we sat down and made a list of things we wanted to do in that year. Cooking classes, guitar lessons, and a mission trip were among the items on that list. The cooking classes were fantastic. The guitar lessons were fun. The mission trip was a divine appointment.
July 2012 – we found ourselves in Uganda, a country neither of us could point to on a map 4 months earlier. We went with eyes and hearts wide open. We went to soak it all in. We went praying it would change us forever. We fell in love with this country. The people, the hearts, the green rolling hills, and that red dirt that stays on you forever.
We came back to the U.S. with heavy and homesick hearts. We came back with lots of questions. We came back fired up to do something; to help change the world in some capacity. How do you experience Africa and come back and live in America? We couldn’t figure out how to be okay with HIV and AIDS, lack of clean water, the orphan crisis, poverty, and injustice. How is your life supposed to change when all of those things turn from just being social issues to having faces and names?
So we sat in the post Africa tension. We asked questions. We processed. We read books. We asked more questions. We prayed. We waited. Waited for God to show us what he wanted us to do.
In April of 2013, we sat on the front porch talking about adoption. It had been on both of our hearts for a while. Neither of us had mentioned it to the other because that was supposed to happen later. It went something like this, “I think we’re supposed to adopt from Uganda. Now.” “I think we are, too.”
We prayed. We looked at agencies. We asked friends to pray. We talked finances. We researched. We got applications and didn’t fill them out. We waited. We weren’t sure. We were scared. We questioned.
I will never forget the night 2 friends came over to our house, handed us a check, and said “We want y’all to use this for starting the adoption.”
What? When God shows up on your front porch, hands you a check, and says do it? You do it. I don’t care what it is.
One “yes” later, and here we are. Adopting from Uganda. It’s exciting. It’s terrifying. But I’m so glad we said, “yes.”
“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” Luke 1:45
You can read the first part of our adoption story here. There will always be a deep place in our hearts reserved for one little boy in Uganda.
You can read the next part of our adoption story here.