Yesterday was a bit of a... chaotic day. Hunter and I started NaNoWriMo, which was exciting enough in itself. Then we also took my car into Best Buy to get the MP3 jack put in (which took an hour and a half), and ran to Walmart for a few necessities to get us by until our next big monthly trip. By the time we got home, it was dinner time; and then I had the first hour I had had to myself all day, so I took advantage of it and got some scrapping done :). On top of all that, one of Randy's employees passed away yesterday morning, and my entire day was spent in prayer. All of that to say, I didn't get here to talk about our devotions from the morning :).
The devotional story was about kids playing follow the leader, who went through some places that made it difficult for the children to follow at times. Then we talked about how it's our responsibility to follow God where He leads us, even when it is difficult to follow. It was so relevant and really spoke to me. It also got me thinking about this past year and all the places God led us that really were difficult to follow Him through.
For those of you who didn't read my adoption blog last year, the path with the kids started off rocky, with a fight from their great grandparents almost right out of the gates. When the workers prepared to move the kids into our house for post-adoption foster care, a distant relative, who had professed to have no interest in adopting the children in the past, interjected themselves into the picture. To avoid long drawn-out court proceedings trying to fight it, the DA opted to pursue that family, and we were told over the phone that we had "lost" the kids. After two days of crying, wrestling, and bringing ourselves back to the realization that God was in control, we received another phone call telling us that the family, when told they would be pursued as an adoptive family, had backed out. We took another two days to pray for God's will, and knew without a doubt where He was leading.
The next seven months were punctuated with court hearing after court hearing as the great grandparents continued to fight.
Then there was a time almost exactly a year ago, when we felt so discouraged by the way things were going in court with the kids' situation. We left one court hearing where things went in the complete opposite direction of what everyone - even the lawyers - was expecting, and we seriously considered calling our case worker and telling her we were done. But after praying about it and realizing all that God had already brought us through, we knew He was still leading us forward. We wouldn't be the ones to walk away; we would wait for God to shut the door.
Obviously, God knew where we would eventually end up, if we only followed Him. We adopted our children in February of this year, and not a day goes by that I don't thank God for giving us the faith and strength to follow Him over the difficult paths.
Today's (yesterday's) verse: Ephesians 5:1 "Be followers of God, as His dear children."