This particular mom has shared the account of bringing home a 16 month old girl from China. Most of her orphanage days were spent in her bed - a plywood board for a mattress. Orphanages such as hers are eerily quiet - the children quickly learn that their cries will not be answered, so they simply give up. After being united with her adoptive parents, she grieves so much that all she can do to comfort herself is bang her head on the bed, and then on her mother's chest as she is being held. And this is just the beginning. In the months that follow, this child screams in anger for hours at a time. She lashes out at her parents and siblings by hitting them. And the hardest thing is that the mother takes the brunt of it all. Even though this little girl knows that her mother is the one who is there for her every moment of the day, it's her mother that she pushes away the most. AND ALL THIS FROM A CHILD ONLY 16 MONTHS OLD AT THE TIME SHE WAS ADOPTED - JUST A BABY!
Honestly, this blog scares me to death. But what I see happening as this story unfolds is beautiful. This child, once so broken and lost, has completely turned around. After realizing that the love her family has for her is unconditional and that they will never leave her, she has been able to finally trust and begin a truly beautiful life.
It is said that adoption is a perfect example of Christ's love - He loves us so much that he adopted us to be His sons and daughters, never to leave us. But through this little girl's story, I can see an even bigger picture of God's love for us. At some point we have all pushed Him away. Even though we are broken and need Him more than anything else, we hold Him at an arm's length and just won't give in. We think we can get through it on our own. But once we completely surrender and accept His unconditional love, our lives can truly be beautiful.
Like I mentioned above, this mom's experiences truly scare me and make me question the path that God has chosen for us. But HER story, as raw and real as it is, also has a beautiful ending. She confesses that before this adoption, she thought she knew what it meant to completely trust God and give everything over to Him. Now she can honestly say that she didn't - but during this process she truly learned what it meant to put every minute of every day in His hands. Only by giving it all over to Him and asking for strength continuously did she survive this season of her life. And now she can look back and see how her relationship with her savior is more beautiful than she ever imagined it could be.
All along, I have sensed that God has a plan for our family through this adoption. Yes, part of it is definitely to give an orphaned child a home, family, and unconditional love. But more, I think he wants our family to get much closer to Him - more than we ever imagined we would. PLEASE keep us in your prayers. We do not yet know how our story will unfold, but I know that it's ending will indeed be beautiful.
He has made everything beautiful in His time.