Eden's Gotcha day was on September 2 and her adoption became finalized on the 3rd! Sweet Eden was four days from being a forever orphan, four days from a future without hope, love, and a family. Four days from a bleak dark future where she would most likely be taken advantage of, used up, and discarded.
The sad thing to me is that there are so many exactly where Eden was, wanting a family, hoping that a family will come for them before that fateful day when they turn fourteen and no longer eligible for a family of their own, destined for a life on the streets.
Are we such a selfish generation that we look past those that need a family because it would be hard, tiring, and costly? Does the call to care for the orphan stop because we are older or because the child is older? I think not! God's call isn't just for that cute sweet baby, no it is for that older child too! What is keeping you from adoption?
All my girls have special needs, they are the ones that were passed over time and time again, either by the orphanage not getting them paper ready or passed over by those seeking a younger or a more perfect daughter.
My four girls had to wait entirely too long, yet I know that God's wisdom and plan was for my four girls to be sisters. He put just the right combination of special needs and personalities together! What about those that are waiting? If God can blend my four treasures, don't you think he can do the same for you and your family?
God will equip you to care for the child he has called you to adopt. It will not be a bed of roses! I will not sugar coat it, there will be days when you question your decision and days that you can't imagine life without your child. Loving a child that hasn't known love, family, rules, and discipline takes time!
There are so many waiting that need families, homes, and love. Think about that older soon to be aging out child could that child be your son and/or daughter? What is keeping you from taking that first step? Fear, finances, both? Please pray and ask God what he wants you to do!
Eden was adopted just in time . . . Are you the answer to that older waiting child? Are you the one that will offer love and hope to an older child? Are you willing to put yourself aside and open up your heart to a child that wants nothing more than a home?
You could be there just in time . . .