Nothing has happened with Samuel’s visa. Haven’t heard a thing from the Embassy. However, one of the other families in our Ghana adoption program traveled to Ghana last week for their visa exit interview and received their son’s visa last Friday. They traveled home with their son on Monday of this week. We found out from our case worker that during this family’s time at the Embassy they were trying to advocate for Samuel’s visa as well. We are so thankful for that.
From the outside, it may appear that there is absolutely no reason why we haven’t received Samuel’s visa yet. But, behind the scenes, Jake and I feel that the reason we have not received it, is because God is still using Samuel to accomplish His work in Ghana. In fact, this has become quite clear to us over the past month or so. We’ve been in some meetings, trying to figure out where God is leading our family in all of this. And, more than a few times I have felt like God was sitting right there in one of the swivel chairs with us saying, “And this, I did this because of this…..and that, well that happened because I want you to do this.” In fact, our prayers at night have changed. A few months ago we were praying, “Please God, bring Samuel home.” Now we are praying, “Please God, keep using Samuel to advance your work. We know you will bring him home when you have accomplished what you needed to through him.”
That is a hard prayer to pray. In my own selfishness, I want Samuel to be home. But, I’ve come to realize that God has a much greater purpose in all of this. And as a follower of Christ, I am learning that I must be more concerned with God displaying His glory and getting His work done through our circumstances, rather than being so focused on my own desires.
I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.