Monday, October 6, 2014

justice

This officially happened today. It's an alert from the US Department of State regarding adoptions in DRC. It's nothing new, just a warning against pursuing an adoption from DRC. It doesn't really apply to us, as we are already a long journey into this difficult adoption, and we won't stop until 20 doors have closed heavily in our faces. 

The alert is just telling prospective adoptive parents to steer clear of DRC for their own hearts' sakes. And I agree, despite the fact that thousands of children in DRC desperately need families. It's hard to be a complete family when there's an ocean between parents and your kids.

We are still waiting to pass court. It's been almost a year of waiting on this one step. Court processes have dramatically slowed down since the announcement of the Exit Letter Suspension on September 25, 2013. And now, over a year after that announcement, we still don't know when the suspension will be lifted.

But we are remaining strong, not because we are strong people but because we serve a strong God who spoke the world into existence and who is not the least bit surprised about this exit letter situation. I truly believe God will reveal His power in this situation.

Plenty of leaders are fighting on our behalf and on behalf of the hundreds of children who have been separated from their families for far too long. These leaders and adoptive parents will not give in, and--furthermore--I am committed to being sober-minded based on God's promises and the continual fulfillment of those promises throughout His Word.

And I came across this gem in Luke the other day:

18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Nothing I know leads me to believe that leaders in DRC (who are stalling the homecoming of children to their legal adoptive parents) fear God. Therefore, it's reassuring to know that although I pray for them every day--specifically that their hearts would be softened for the sake of the children--it doesn't matter what they believe about God.

God brings about justice for His people "who cry out to him day and night." And there are plenty of effectual, fervent prayers going to God's ears every hour of every day and night. Certainly, He hears us, and this Scripture says He will see that we get justice.

Also, it doesn't hurt that the widow in this story wore down the judge and he finally gave her justice. If nothing else, please God, allow us to wear down the leaders who are stalling the process.