Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Mountain Awaits:

You might be wondering why we would chose to use the term / name "A Mountain Awaits"? When Joy & I first started talking about the idea of having a blog to encourage and share with others the ups and downs of the adoption process we first thought we need to have a name that really captures the process as a whole. With this current adoption being our second experience we have a much better idea of how things work from beginning to the end. But just like a snow flake no two experiences are the same and each has its own uniqueness both good or bad.

So as we started this journey again; which I have come to believe is journey that never ends. In that once your eyes and heart are opened to the orphan you will always be on a road that works to find these children a family. Our hearts have been broken for the orphan children most of whom have had no input or choice to the situations they have been thrust into. Most of these children were orphaned at a very young age.
When you start the process of an adoption there are so many items and or tasks involved the you quickly can become very overwhelmed and most often I believe people give up and find reasons to say they just can't do it. Well I am here to tell everyone of you most certainly CAN do it. We have actually had the opposite approach in that we feel how can we not do this? Our heart and lives have been changed forever after going through the process to bring home our daughter from China in 2010-2011. As a father and husband the experience tested all of my qualities both good and bad but our God is so good & sovereign Lord in providing for all of our needs even in area we weren't aware of being a need. It was during this process and time that trusting in my faith and leaning to Him for direction rather than myself (which is very unnatural to a man that is used to fixing problems and providing in anyway he can when the need arises) but I was humbled many times and learned to be closer in my walk with Christ, trusting his direction, learning how to be patient, and following him. Then everything seems to work out in his timing but also in ways that far exceed my initial view. This is where the analogy of A Mountain Awaits comes from in our journey. Most of us haven't actually climbed a physical mountain. I would say most people would venture to try by taking it head on and just starting to climb for the top. That's the same approach I had in my mind when we started our first adoption in 2010. Being a man that sees a goal and the tasks ahead I take it head on and move forward towards that goal. I quickly learned that my timing and all the other many many tasks don't agree or mesh well. Patience is so relevant in our lives but also so difficult for some of us to grasp and truly apply in our lives. I can honestly say I am not the most patient person but after our first journey I have learned that if I cant change the situation for the better its best to let it go and wait for the resolve. If I just started climbing my own path up a mountain without planning and understanding what was ahead I would not get very far. But at the same time there are steps up the mountain that we have to take on faith and our knowledge that without moving forward we will never succeed. As the old Chinese proverb says: "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" or the another translation of "The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet." both indicate you must take the first step and that first step begins where you stand at that moment. Every journey has a starting point and when we are still and have patience that journey can begin.“Your off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So...get on your way!”

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