Heart and Seoul

I never understood the people in the old testament. I couldn’t comprehend how God’s chosen people, whom He spoke to, and gave signs and wonders to would blatantly disobey. From high in my tower I thought, “surely, if God would speak to me or even show me clearly what I should do, well of course I would do it.” Gladly, in fact. But recently, I’ve seen that I am just as stiff-necked as the Jews wandering the desert for 40 years.

For the last 4 years, that’s right FOUR years (almost like 40, without the 0) I have been wandering the desert of disobedience. David and I had been desiring to have another child and started “trying” 4 years ago. Early on thoughts of adoption took seed in my brain, but I did not allow them to grow roots. That wasn’t for us, not right now.

I had plans. Of course, I should know by now, my plans rarely match God’s. I had also planned to get pregnant the first time… about a year or two AFTER Emma was born. That’s right, Emma was a gracious surprise. This time, I wanted to get pregnant on my terms. I wanted to WANT the pregnancy. I wanted to experience pregnancy, childbirth and infancy with joy.

There were many instances where adoption would creep into conversations with David, but neither of us really wanted to walk that road. That road was full of unknowns and it was costly and we could find so many excuses why it wouldn’t work for us. Yet, all signs seemed to be pointing in that direction. I wanted to walk by the burning bush and pretend it wasn’t there. I was just as stiff necked as those wandering the desert- I wanted things MY WAY.

The more I prayed, the more I cried out in pain over my hearts desire gone unanswered the more thoughts of adoption would crop up. It seemed that this was the road we needed to walk. I wasn’t happy about it and there are times when I am still unhappy about not getting my way. What can I say, I’m an only child.

And so began our path toward adoption.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jenny
    Feb 01, 2008 @ 13:17:39

    I, my friend, am thankful for you. I am thankful for your honesty and your transparency. I am also thankful to be along for the ride. Love you!


  2. sarah
    Feb 01, 2008 @ 15:11:42

    I am once again, at awe at your honesty and your openess to the rest of us who are still wanting it our way. May God’s mercy pour over us as we let go of our ways and take on His ways.. may I learn to be humble as you have. “Not my will but your will be done”.. just as Jesus prayed. To be like Jesus is what I’m to aim for, glad that you’re on the path already. See you soon when I learn to take on His ways. Love you sister!!


  3. blissteredseoul
    Feb 01, 2008 @ 16:33:20

    Jenny, I am so grateful to have you walk next to me on this road. It makes the trip more bearable. You are such an encouragement to me and a sweet blessing! Shmoopie!


  4. Julie
    Feb 04, 2008 @ 13:12:45

    Oh, Laura! I love you and I love that your brain thinks like mine! Ohhhh, those desert wanderings…..and, yes, you are smart and witty! No dork in you! 🙂


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