The Long's

The Long's
Wind River Ranch - where our journey to Chazz began!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Radical Requests

Pastor Brock hit it straight on the head this morning!  It is amazing how God works like that.  Many of you know that this adoption is to get a little guy in Hanna's orphanage.  I say little, but he is actually already 7 and most likely will be 8 before we have a chance to get him.  He is older than Hanna - by 3 months - and has been in the orphanage his whole life.  He has a hearing impairment and ear deformity.  His adoption will most likely not be easy.  We'll have to try to teach an eight year old English and help get his earing fixed or at least made better.  We'll also have to get him into school - an all English speaking school.  It isn't ideal.  This is where God has led us.  He's led us to This child.  He's telling us that this is Our son, that we need to bring Him home.  Yesterday I saw some absolutely beautiful babies waiting for families in China.  One little one if particular is gorgeous.  I went to bed last night asking Jerry if we should just get a baby.  A baby would be so easy.  A baby would learn language easier.  A baby would make bonding easier.  A baby would not have to get to school quickly.  A baby... I love babies.  I would take a baby in a heart beat.  Then God entered again to reiterate what he's been telling us for 4 years.  Let loose on your grip with adopting a baby - let loose on what you think your perfect child is - let loose and listen to Me.  God has a plan and I was trying to take the easy road.  Just like with Abraham who was willing to sacrafice his only Son to follow and listen to God.

The Starfish

An old man was walking down the beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. As the old man approached the young man, he asked; "Why do you spend
so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?" The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. "But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish, exclaimed the old man. "How can your efforts make any difference?" The young man looked down at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety in

the sea, he said; "It makes a difference to this one!" -author unknown

I came across this story while visiting one of the several adoption sites I like.  Seems so fitting! 
We've now had our 2nd homestudy meeting and will have our 3rd on Monday.  We are really looking forward to finishing up the meetings and getting our dossier completed.