” Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” -Romans 12:12
As a teacher, I love all things school! So I thought I would open with this analogy.
Do you remember the feelings you had on the first day of a new school year? If you are a teacher, you may still experience some of these feelings every year… but just imagine yourself as a young student on the night before the first day of school. You may wonder, what is my teacher going to be like? Who will my friends be? Who will I sit by at lunch? What time will snack be? What time will my parents be picking me up from school at the end of the day?
Your fears run rampant until you finally see your parents at the end of school day, and you forget all the reasons why you were nervous in the first place. Your fears seem so silly now, because everything has all worked out.
My feelings today are some what like this… There are so many unknowns and so many questions to be answered, however, just as a child at the end of my first day at school, I feel a quiet peace in our journey. Among all of the questions and the unknowns of our adoption story, I still feel hopeful. Overwhelmed? Yes! But something is telling me to trust in the hope and know that it will all work out. We know that our patience will be tested and our hearts will be challenged, but the blessings we receive far outweigh any fear.
Just as the young child on their first day of school, I feel overwhelmed, nervous, and afraid, but I know at the end of our journey all of our questions will be answered, or fears gone, and our dreams fulfilled.