Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
This adoption journey; imagine going on a long journey, you know your destination, and you know it is going to be incredible, so with enthusiasm and padkos tins brimming, you set off!
Very soon the tins are empty, legs are getting a bit stiff, so you make your first stop, but there is no biltong in sight, only some no name brand biscuits which you know will be stale. You shake yourselves up, bundle back into the car and hit the road. You start to enjoy the beautiful scenery, taking pictures, sharing them along the way, commenting on the surprising lack of potholes. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, you realise you have run out of fuel. Eventually a kind soul stops to assist, you pile into the car, filled with gratitude, and share a prayer of thanks.
You are almost leaning forward with the anticipation of arriving at your destination, you can feel it, you can see it, the atmosphere is just alive with the hope if it. Then the bluetooth stops working, suddenly everything has gone quiet and you feel like you’ve lost your vibe. You lean back, telling yourself to enjoy the ride, take in the scenes, give thanks.
You start to feel uncomfortable, something doesn’t feel right, actually, something feels very wrong; that is when you realise you are on the wrong road. You turn to Google maps, but the signal is not strong enough, you try message a friend for some pointers, looking down, you see you’ve now completely lost signal. Something makes you look up, and you see it, like a great big sign ahead of you, and your shoulders almost collapse with relief.
“Follow me, I know the way. I AM the way. Trust Me. I have been with you from the beginning, I will be with you to eternity. I will guide you through the valleys, the mountaintops and even the great plains, and I will help you lift up your eyes to admire the view along the way.” - Jesus.
You realise you are not alone, God has prepared the way, you just need to keep your eyes fixed on Him.
This is what the adoption journey is like for me; so many emotions, so many unknown stops and detours. It brings to mind a line I heard from my dear American friend; Jesus take the wheel!
Adoption is hard, but it’s the best thing we have ever done. This journey is testing us, but it is growing us. We have moments of wondering what on earth we are doing, this all just seems such hard work. But we know with ever fibre of our being that we are doing the right thing. The wait is hard, but there is always progress, we can’t always see it with our eyes, but we can feel it in our hearts.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21