Just sitting here today thinking of our adoption journey and one word keeps echoing in my head - Faith!
What is Faith?
George Michael sang that "you gotta have" it.
Merriam-Webster's dictionary describes it as:
1 a: allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1): fidelity to one's promises (2): sincerity of intentions
2 a (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2): complete trust
3: something that is believed especially with strong conviction ; especially : a system of religious beliefs
Hebrews 11:1 in the Bible (God's road map for our lives) describes Faith as "The substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen."
The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible states, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see".
The Message version of the Bible states, "The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see."
So, Faith, what is it?
Notice some of the words utilized in the above descriptions. Words like - TRUST, BELIEF, LOYALTY, HOPE, GOD. These words help best describe Faith for me.
People have asked us many "WHY?" questions regarding our adoption journey. Why Russia?, Why now?, Why add another child to your family?, Why? Why? Why?
Well, we believe we have been called to adopt a child (long before we even had our three little guys).
Did we initially choose Russia? No. But God has clearly guided us in this direction and continues to drive home the point that Russia is the place where our new little girl is.
This whole adventure is a Giant Step in Faith for our family.
God continues to make the path and we continue to follow it with Trust, Loyalty, Belief, and Hope!
THANKS for reading!