When we set out on October 4th to complete the adoption of our son, I had no idea we’d be here for Thanksgiving. Well surprise, surprise!! Despite the fact Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Honduras, we felt at home enjoying this US holiday with the community of missionaries in the Siguatepeque area. Nothing was lacking in food or fellowship, and we are so thankful God provided just what we needed (pumpkin pie included).
Regarding our adoption journey, it seems like as soon as we get some good news we are then hit with a snag. We were ecstatic to finally get Luis’s passport on Monday- I actually shed a tear of joy. However, we hit one of those annoying snags on Tuesday when we didn’t have all our required paperwork for his visa. So the US Embassy would not accept our application, and we are now rescheduled to meet with them next Monday. Hopefully our application will be accepted and processed expeditiously. I get nervous thinking we may not get the visa in time to spend Christmas in the US. Another unexpected issue is the lady who handles adoptions at the embassy is out sick with dengue, and it appears she’s the only one who knows the whole process at the embassy.
So as you can imagine there have been some moments of great frustration, and Luis has witnessed some of it firsthand. Even though it couldn’t be further from the truth, it can come across to him as though we hate Honduras. We had an honest discussion the other day about the fact that it’s not about being in Honduras but being away from family and friends. But on the flip side, he will soon be away from the only community he’s known. It’s going to be a lot harder for him there than it is for me here. Maybe that’s part of the reason we are still here, but only God knows.
So as frustrated as I am, I have to make the hard choice to choose joy and thankfulness in the midst of this situation. I also have to remember this life is not about me- having Luis in our life is making that reality even more apparent. I’ve built up this Facebook-worthy Christmas in my head, and then I get upset when that dream is threatened. The truth of the matter is life is so much richer when I just hand it over to God and rejoice in Him alone. I was reading in James this morning and this verse stood out-
“As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the LORD finally brought about. The LORD is full of compassion and mercy.” James 5:11
I don’t want to be a drama queen about our circumstances, but I find it encouraging that God is so concerned about His children knowing His compassion and mercy when life is hard. It pains Him to see us suffer so He reminds us we are not far from Him and His gifts are good.
Sloan will be leaving for the US again after next week, and we pray we can join him before the US Embassy closes for Christmas. Regardless of how this plays out, I pray we know God’s compassion and mercy throughout this waiting period. If you know Christ personally, please keep us in your prayers.
“The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. ” James 5:16
With His love,