Katie: Adoption means so many things to me. Because of adoption we have been able to tangibly see how the Lord has redeemed our situation. He says He will give us beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, and praise instead of a spirit of despair. Despair is where we lived for many years. Cancer took things from us. It took dreams we had our entire lives and leveled them. It destroyed parts of my husband. It changed the course of my entire life, and the generations to come. But God is faithful to redeem that which the enemy has stolen from us. For years, that was my prayer ‘Lord give us back what the locusts have eaten. Restore the years stolen from us’ (Joel 2:25).
Adoption has meant laying down my expectations, hurts, and the need to control situations and laying it all at His feet. It has meant that parts of me have had to die. Giving up control has been a really hard process, and one I continue to walk out. It has meant laying down control and how I thought things would turn out and being open to His plan. It has meant learning to trust that His plan and ways are better than and higher than anything we could dream up.