...We took a step of faith and committed to this sweet little face on the Reece's Rainbow Website.
Up until this day, we had been praying about which child, out of the sea of faces staring back at us, we would choose to be part of our family. It was an unsettling and somewhat bizarre process for us. I was hoping to have a sense of peace or at least feel 'settled' in my spirit once we finally decided on "Nadine" (her name on the website). This was a HUGE decision we were making...not just for the child we were to choose, but for our family as well and I wanted to 'feel' completely SURE that this was what God truly wanted us to do. But you know what? That's where Faith comes into play. We knew that the whisper God had put into our hearts to adopt had grown into a clear path of obedience that we were willing to walk down with Him. And oftentimes, God will ask you to do something and once you take that first step IN FAITH, only THEN will He equip you with what you need to go through with it.
God did part the Red Sea BEFORE the Israelites had to pass through it to escape the Egyptians.
However, when it was time to cross the flood-level waters of the Jordan River, the Priests had to take an initial Step of Faith INTO the churning, fast-paced, deep water before God stopped the water from flowing.
So, it wasn't until my index finger hit the "send" button to let the director of Reece's Rainbow know who we were choosing, that I was suddenly flooded with the peace I had been hoping for. A confirmation in my spirit that before the beginning of time, God had chosen Nadia to one day become a part of our family. And you know what? That peace God gave me in that moment never wavered the entire journey to our girl.
To borrow a quote from a book I've read through twice now, called Reckless Faith by Beth Guckenberger, "Sometimes reckless faith requires no further action. You just have to hold on to the limb you've been led out on and trust that it doesn't break."
What limb is God asking you to climb out on? Are you waiting for God to tell you things like how much weight the limb will hold, or what is the view like out on the end of the limb? Or are you ready to experience the exhiliration of a reckless faith that says, "Ok God, I have no idea how safe or comfortable this limb might be, but if you're going to be on it with me then let's GO FOR IT!!!"
I can tell you from experience that sometimes I'm clinging to that limb with my eyes closed, but when I look out from the limb through faith-filled eyes and allow God to pry my fingers from the death-grip I have on the limb, I can truly experience God's best for me!
So go ahead, put your foot into the water and just watch God clear the best path for you!
One Year Ago Today...I could only imagine moments like this one!