Dawn, Maddie, and I are here in Ethiopia. Actually, Dawn, Maddie, Roba, and I are here in Ethiopia… together. He’s our son now. We went to the U.S. Embassy today and they cleared us. We will have Roba’s visa and passport on Thursday morning at 10am and then we’ll get on a plane Thursday night to head back home. This trip has been amazing already in so many ways. I’ve started to share some of those things on Facebook the past couple days and I plan to share more here in the coming days, but I wanted to share something else that happened before we even left the runway on Sunday to fly here.
God has been answering our prayers regarding this adoption and Roba since he put the call in our hearts and we started the process. He’s provided in every way to get us to this point to where Roba is sleeping in the bed next to me right now and wears a pair of jammies that we bought. He’s our son. We’re his parents. He’s a part of our family. God has provided financially, he’s provided friends and family to support us, he’s moved the process through, he chose Roba for us, and we even just found out that his soon to be AWANNA teacher is from Ethiopia and even speaks his native language of Oromo. So many ways he has provided.
Now, I’m a pretty skeptical guy. Alway have been. I don’t really like that I am, but I am. I can see both sides of anything and usually put holes through any argument in my head. But with this, I’m giving all the credit to God. I could come up with ways for all this to happen apart from God, but I’m choosing to believe that each and every step and piece of the puzzle came from God. He was working. I really believe that. Dawn and I are so thankful to God for how he has provided this little guy to be a part of our family and how he’s provided for Roba by giving him a family. I believe God answered our prayer.
So, back to Sunday and we’re sitting on the plane. As we had just pulled away from the gate and started heading out to the run way, I pull out the book I’m going to read this week. It’s called the Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. The first chapter is only 2 pages long and it’s basically the story of this guy named Honi who was a legend for how he prayed boldly for rain during a drought in Israel and God answered his prayer. The last paragraph of that story and chapter says “The prayer that saved a generation was deemed one of the most significant prayers in the history of Israel. The circle he drew in the sand became a sacred symbol. And the legend of Honi the circle maker stands forever as a testament to the power of a single prayer to change the course of history.”
As I sat on the runway getting ready to take off. I was amazed at how this connected with our situation, our life. We were getting ready to fly through the air to the other side of the world to bring our adopted son home to be a part of our family… forever. We have been praying for rain. For Roba, which means “rain.” We have been praying for God to provide this little boy for us. We had been praying for about a year and a half now and God has answered our prayer and the prayers of many others to give us rain. He gave us Roba. It was one of those moments. One where you feel like God is kinda speaking to you… like he orchestrated that moment… like he put that book in my hand and had me read it right when we were heading off to the conclusion of the answer to the prayer we’ve been sending his way for so long. It was a reminder to me that God answers prayer. He answered this prayer. And this one may not change the course of history for a nation like Honi’s but this one will change the course of history for a young boy named Roba. And I know it will change the course of history for an entire family for the better. And we’re going to remember this. We’re going to remember that God loves us and honors the prayers of those who trust completely in Him and not themselves.
We’re thankful to God for answering our prayer. We’re going to keep praying for this little guy and for our family because we’re going to need it. We’re going to need every bit of patience, wisdom, and love that God has to offer to now get us through the next 20 years of our life:) But we know He’ll come through again.