When we originally felt God calling us adopt, He was not calling us to adopt ANY orphan. He was calling us adopt THIS orphan, our son. God did not speak to our hearts in a general way, suggesting adoption might be a good idea for our family. He spoke to us specifically, loudly, without ceasing, that our child was waiting for us in Ethiopia. He has known from the beginning of time that little Elias G* was meant to be our son.
He set our path to lead directly to him. Some steps in our journey were quicker than we expected and others took so much longer than we ever dreamed, but it was all to lead us at just the right moment, to this very child.
There were three of us from our adoption agency that shared a DTE date of March 26. All three of us were also requesting baby boys. I often wondered what it would be like if we all met up together in Ethiopia. Would we see our babies and know that they were certainly meant to be ours or would we look at each other's babies and think about the "what ifs?" That's the funny thing about international adoption because you certainly wouldn't ever have such thoughts about biological children. So, from the very beginning we have had to simply trust that we were being lead to the perfect child for our family.
And let me tell you, there is absolutely no doubt that he is meant to be ours. All it took was one look into those eyes for my heart to know that I was his mommy. When we accepted Elias's referral, it was actually out of our age range. We had requested 0 - 12 months, and he was 15 months old. Our agency never really discussed why they had matched us with a child out of our age range, but I think that's because they didn't match us with him, God did. Elias is God's choice for our family.
This specific child was chosen just for us, and we are not complete without him. We are already so in love with him and cannot wait to bring him home! We are so grateful that God chose us for him and that through time and space and miles, he is building us into a forever family!
Psalm 68:6 God places the lonely in families;