My favorite Christian radio station has a gal on it that talks about how sometimes events are too purposeful to be considered coincidences, so she calls them "God-incidences".
This week I've had some events that I think qualify :-)
Here's what happened. About 2 weeks ago, I saw a little 3 yo boy on one of the adoption agency sites who just about broke my heart. His thin little arms and his sad eyes caused my Momma Bear instincts to kick in and I was ready to jump full speed into the paperchase to bring that little guy home. I had emailed the request to review his file and was quickly falling in love with that face.
Then, I got the email from the agency coordinator that another family had just submitted their PA to China for this little guy. I felt as if I had been kicked in the stomach.
During this 2 weeks, there was activity going on the foster care front as well. We were informed that our 3 yo Little Man would be transferred into a guardianship with his elder great aunt. Even though he's been here only 5 months, he is part of the family and we will struggle with his absence. I'm starting to miss him already.
Also during this 2 weeks, I have been praying for guidance in regards to future adoptions; wondering what our next step should be, and which direction we were being led.
So when we were called by DSS in regards to a placement, and the placement just happens to be a 3 yo boy from Liberia, it seemed a little coincidental.
Then it turned out that our transporter for Little Man's visits was the foster mom (I'll call her J) that was raising a little girl whom we had in care years ago. This foster mom had adopted the full sister to this little girl years before, and DSS wanted the girls to be together, but hadn't discovered their relationship right away. And 4 years later, this mom is now working at the Visitation Center and is transporting Little Man for his weekly family visits.
It gets better. DSS asks whether we would consider also taking the older sister to the little boy whom we are getting. She's been in emergency care because they couldn't locate anyone at the time who could take her as a permanent placement. And guess who she is staying with in Emergency Care?
J, our transporter. :-)
If you are confused, don't feel bad. It reads like a weird Agatha Christie novel, but all of the God-instances certainly have made me stop and take notice.
So now we will most likely have 2 new kids staying with us, hopefully for a long time. And this will give us a little more time to decide on what our next step in adoption will be.
And I have to remind myself that God has his hand in the tapestry that is our lives, knowing how all these threads will come together to produce his handiwork. My job is to be a willing servant, opening my arms and my home to the children that need me,and pray that our time together helps to heal them.