Somewhere in GA a 15 year old girl is pregnant. Probably a lot of places in GA have 15 year old pregnant girls. But, there is one girl in particular that has been on our hearts and minds the past couple of weeks. We were contacted by a 3rd party to ask if we would be open to adopting this girls baby. We of course are and so the process of communications began. When we were contacted the girl did not know what she wanted to do. Keep the baby, give it up, try to get her Mom to raise it…all of these options and from one day to the next what seemed most viable would change. We found out this morning that the girl met with her Pastor’s wife and has apparently somewhat formalized her decision that adoption is the best option for both her and her baby. Tonight she is going to be told about us and introduced to the “idea” of us as a family who would be happy to adopt her baby.
We have been down this road before. Just this summer actually. We know how utterly uncertain it is. This one is just as uncertain as the last, maybe even more so. But, it is an opportunity to show love and care to someone who needs it in a very real way. It is all about the baby yet in some ways it has nothing to do with the baby. It’s about showing love and service. About being available, and vulnerable. Open hearts and arms. About serving even when it means the heart might hurt in the end. It’s what we are called to do.
There is excitement in the knowledge that another adoption journey door has been opened. It’s like walking along a path that you have no idea where it will go or if there will even be a path in front of you from one day to the next. It’s just that uncertain. There is also a bit of nervousness along with the excitement.
Please be in prayer for this girl and her baby. She is due in March and is expecting a baby girl. Pray that God gives her wisdom and a peace that passes all understanding. Pray that God’s will be done in all of our lives. Pray for wise words for the people who are giving her counsel. And please pray for patience and peace for us as we begin this process of taking one baby step at a time. The journey could end tonight or it could continue on for several more days and weeks. We could end up holding this baby in our arms to give her back, or taking her home to become part of our family.
Regardless of the decisions made this girl and her baby will need prayers in the coming months and days. Please pray with us for her. In honor of MLK Day and in remembrance of a man who knew what it was to hope for something that seemed impossible and to walk a path with arms and heart open despite the pain it caused him some of his quotes seems an appropriate way to close this post.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.