RYAN AND CHRISTI’S ADOPTION STORY: OUR MULTITASKING GOD
When Ryan and Christi contacted me, the Lord had already been speaking to their hearts about bringing home a daughter through adoption. They had chosen her name-a precious declaration of God’s promises, and were praying along with their boys for her and her birth mom. They got started with Christian Adoption Consultants and in July they began presenting their profile to expectant mamas, faithfully praying for each. As a family, they fixed their eyes on Jesus and sought to glorify God with faith as they waited. Five months later, the Lord connected their hearts with the heart of an expectant mama. There really aren’t words to describe the awe of finally hearing that you are chosen! They celebrated the new year with the birth of their precious little girl.
Christi kindly shares about God’s work in their hearts along the way:
God definitely showed Himself in powerful ways throughout our adoption journey and we are certain that will continue. There are six words that come to mind when thinking through our adoption process.
Waiting. Waiting on God in His perfect timing and His plan was difficult at times. It was more about our relationship with Him than us getting the child we were waiting for. He was using the time to work in our hearts to be trusting Him and looking to Him to meet our needs. He loves and cares for us in the waiting.
Provision. Over and over again God showed that adoption was His plan for us. He provided finances, money raised at the perfect time, people to help us along the way who had adopted, our consultant and the community in CAC. He also blessed us with people who listened and prayed during the process.
Trust. Trusting that His timing is perfect and not ours. Trust that He cares for us and the details of our lives. Trust that He will guide us in each step. Trust that He will be working in and through us to display His Glory. Trust that He is who He says he is no matter how we feel or what we are experiencing.
Sovereignty. He is Sovereign and already knew the outcome and child we would have before we even started in the adoption process. This truth is one we clung to. There are so many unknowns in adoption and several steps of faith. Knowing He is Sovereign gave such peace and comfort. We knew that even when the waiting was hard or we were discouraged that we could cling to the fact that He is walking through this with us and already knew the outcome. He is the great all powerful God that has always been there and knows what will occur. We can trust His sovereignty amidst the journey. His plan was perfect while it may not be the plan we thought.
Near. God is near. He doesn’t leave us or forsake us. He is with us at all times. His presence is so comforting. He is part of every single detail while carrying all the burdens we lay at His feet. He is with us even if we don’t feel it. Our knowledge of His presence being close is so comforting in the hard moments.
Grateful. We are so grateful for our journey, even now as it continues well past the official adoption date. We are grateful most importantly to the Lord and for the many people who have been a part of our journey. We are also grateful for CAC and the guidance and knowledge they provided. We learned so much through them and highly recommend their support especially when you haven’t adopted before. It was so helpful in each step of the process to have someone who has gone through this multiple times. We have so much to be thankful for.