Adoption: Hurry up and Wait

The process of adoption is hard. You feel things you never knew you could feel. You think things you never thought you could think. There is great sacrifice. And great reward.

Right now Jen and I sit in the helpless moment between court dates and upcoming Embassy appointments. So close yet so far away. One additional document after another is being required, requested, and hopefully soon received.

There is so much hope in Adoption. Both for the children of our world and for us. I’m reminded today how significant this is. It’s easy to question God when things don’t go like we want. But so beautiful to remember that if anyone knows what He’s doing through adoption, it’s our God:

“The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:15

“Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:23

A friend posted the words from One Republic’s song “Come Home” on Jen’s facebook page. I had never heard the song before… but somehow they are soothing to me. Maybe it’s because they echo what we’re feeling now, and it’s good to hear them said out loud. I thought I’d share:

Hello world
Hope you’re listening
Forgive me if I’m young
For speaking out of turn
There’s someone I’ve been missing
I think that they could be
The better half of me
They’re in the wrong place trying to make it right
But I’m tired of justifying
So i say you’ll..

Come home
Come home
Cause I’ve been waiting for you
For so long
For so long
And right now there’s a war between the vanities
But all i see is you and me
The fight for you is all I’ve ever known
So come home

I get lost in the beauty
Of everything i see
The world ain’t as half as bad
As they paint it to be
If all the sons
If all the daughters
Stopped to take it in
Well hopefully the hate subsides and the love can begin
It might start now.
Well maybe I’m just dreaming out loud
Until then…

Come home
Come home
Cause I’ve been waiting for you
For so long
For so long
And right now there’s a war between the vanities
But all i see is you and me
The fight for you is all I’ve ever known
Ever known
So come home


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About Brandon Hatmaker

Church Planter, Missional Strategist, Non-Profit Collaborator, and Author of "Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture". View all posts by Brandon Hatmaker

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