Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Who Adopts?

We found out that referrals are on their way to the US from China. They go from April 25th to May 13th. I was excited today, because from May 13th , that is just around 5 weeks away from our LID of June 20th! So while it does not really mean anything such as we are next, it means we are getting closer!! This will happen! Mark says he is holding out for March. I still guess May, but maybe we will both be wrong and get April!! That would be a great birthday present won't it?
Lately I have been thinking about the reasons people adopt. Everyone of course has a reason. If you have been to our website www.laxtonkids.com you have probably read our story and why we chose to adopt. Obviously for us it was not about infertility. My heart aches for those who have gone down that road. We have been through loss, but we ended up with 3 children after and never had any difficulty w/ pregnancy those times. I don't have statistics, but if I had to guess, I would say that most people probably adopt because or due to infertility of some sort. From personal experience of people I know, that is the case. And so I just have to wonder, if there was no such thing as infertility, and everyone who wanted to could get pregnant, how many orphans would there be? In our Bible Study this week a verse from John made me think of this.. Jesus heals a blind man and Jesus is asked, who sinned more, this man or his parents, (as to why he was born blind). Jesus replyed, Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. John 9:3. It just made me think, does God want adoption? YES. Is it for His Glory? Oh yeah, i think so. Does he allow infertility? Hmmm? I don't know, but I do know that He uses it for his Glory in some way. Prayerfully it is through adoption. I believe the Bible commands us to adopt. If we can birth children, that is great. If we choose to adopt, that is great. If we choose or are able to do both, that is great! Not to say that I think I am doing something great. I am THANKFUL that God allowed me to go down this path. I thank Him every day for allowing me to know birth and adoption. But am I doing something great? There are what, some mllion orphans in the world and I am adopting one. That is not so great. People say they don't have the money? Really? Do you have a place to live? Hmm, that is more than an orphan. Do you have a tv? A car? Dinner out? Ok, off of my soapbox. If I can't adopt them all, I will be trying to convince everyone else to! So whatever the reason that God has called each of us to adoption, it is for His Glory. And what a blessing we get!

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