Day Two: The Call
I knew I was called to adopt many years ago, long before I was married or even entertained the thought of being a mother. I have even referred to myself as the unlikely mother. I never day dreamed of being a mom as a little girl, never picked out baby names for my future children, never really liked to play house. It didn’t even cross my mind… until God whispered into my soul. How do I know it was Him? Because it sounded just like the sweet whisper that drew me to Him when I was saved. The absolute knowledge that you know what your Shepherd sounds like in your soul.
My call came as I was sitting in a service during a sermon preached by a Haitian pastor. He talked about his congregation and showed pictures of sweet children in Haiti. In that moment, I knew He was calling me to Haiti to adopt. It was surprising and at first I didn’t think I heard Him right. But the nudge of the calling stayed with me. I prayed and made sure I was correct. I told my boyfriend (now husband) what I thought I was supposed to do.
We got married and welcomed a little boy in our family several years later. All was happy and content. Then one day, in the very depths of my soul, a whisper came… Go! The same voice of my Shepherd. My husband and I discussed it and prayed about it, wanting to be absolutely sure we were in the will of God. And off we went on our rollercoaster adoption journey.
We dove headlong into the tumultuous waters of applications, physicals, homestudy, immigrations paperwork, check writing, and research.
But in the midst of all of that , I understood His purpose for my life is His alone.
Verses of the Day:
“For I know the plans I have for you,”–this is the Lord’s declaration–”plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you future and a hope.” Jer 29:11 (HCSB)
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)