One of our favorite Christmas movies is it’s a Wonderful Life. I was thinking about that this morning and how George was able to see what life would be like if things had been different. In February of 2009, we read a devotion that spoke to both Virgil and me about adoption. What if we had chosen to ignore God’s nudging? What if we had taken the ‘Road Most Traveled’? This is what 2012 might have looked like:
We’d have begun the year celebrating New Year, and went to bed sometime in the middle of the night.We’d have avoided the month of January spent in a children’s hospital watching a child go through 4 incredibly painful surgeries and the recovery from those surgeries.
We’d have celebrated Valentine’s Day with a romantic weekend wherever we had wanted to go.We’d have a sporty little car (after all, there are only the two of us in the house now – no extra space needed).
We’d have eaten out as often, and wherever, we chose.
We’d have gone to movies, gotten together with other couples our age with ‘empty nests’, and I might have even talked Virgil into a few plays/ concerts in Louisville.Each evening, we’d have relaxed with soft music playing and a good book in our hands.
We’d have planned one (or more) vacations to places we had only talked about when we were young.Our grocery bill would have been on the small side.
We’d have shopped for new clothes with the changing of each season.Our bank account would be fat and we’d be planning for retirement in the not too distant future.
It all sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
But we didn’t choose that most popular of paths. We chose instead to take that ‘road less traveled’. The one filled with uncertainties. The one where we truly had to trust Christ to be all sufficient. Below is our life. The life God has blessed beyond our wildest dreams:
The beginning of January we were able to rejoice with the Angels, as we listened to Xiaoyun accept Christ as her Savior.A month long hospital stay showed the strength of a little girl (Xiaoyun), and the grace with which she handled all the pain.
Viewing the x-ray that showed her spine went from a 160* curve, to a 67* curve, and along with that the image of space for her lungs to finally expand so she could begin to breathe easily. A true miracle!Xiaoyun deciding while in the hospital to raise money for 1 million chickens for the children living in the slums of India. (So far more than $44,000 has been given toward that!)
The knowledge that already over 4000 families have received chickens, and more importantly, the Good News of Christ’s love was shared with them.The sound of 2 little girls (Elli and LiLi), now sisters and best friends, playing for hours on end.
Laughter constantly filling our home.Watching little stomachs eating until they are full.
Prayers at night for the kids still waiting for families.
Elli planning on being a doctor, working at the children’s hospital where Xiaoyun’s surgery was, and going to China to operate on older orphans who no longer have a hope of being adopted.Lili’s plan to bring all the boys and girls (as well as her nanny the first 7 years of her life) to the States and give them a home.
Watching little faces sweetly sleeping each night in a warm bed, with the knowledge that when they wake up they’re going to come running and throw their arms around us.Lili going through another lip repair with the same joyful attitude that she exhibits each day.
Hearing girls playing with their adopted babies, and the fact each plans on adopting once they are old enough.
The joy of listening to girls who spoke only Chinese not so long ago, reading in English.Visiting grandparents at the beach and seeing the girls as they looked at the ocean for the first time and felt the sand between their toes.
The love each of the girls has for their older brothers and sisters.Watching our 2 year old grandchild playing with our daughters.
Paperwork begun to bring home 2 more daughters (4 and 5 yrs. old) waiting in China. Knowing in a few months these lives will be forever changed, along with ours.
God working daily in our lives, as well as, our children’s.
Perhaps the world would say “take the popular road”, but oh the joy, and love we would have forfeited had we went that path!!!!
I look forward to the joy waiting for us in 2013 and pray God blesses you and your family richly as well!