Last week Brian and I attended CAFO 2014. I'll write more about our experience later, but I wanted to write about one of the most impactful things I took home from the whole conference. We were sitting in a session called "Attachment: Parenting with Your Brain in Mind" and Dr. Curt Thompson was delving into the science of how our brains work and how the brain, when faced with trauma, is changed.
It was when he was hashing out what a difficult task it is to change a trauma affected brain that he paused and said,
"God is not worried about your kids. He is working."
In that moment, it was as if the Lord were speaking to me, reminding me He is not like me. He does not worry about whether or not my children have food and clothing. He does not worry that there will be difficulties ahead in raising children with a painful past. He doesn't worry because He is working on their behalf right now. He has been working on their behalf for some time, working into our hearts a desire to adopt. Unbeknownst to them right now, their lives are about to change. God is working — through us.
I've mentioned it before, but I'll say it again — this process has forced me to trust the Lord as I've never had to do before. This was one more step in my sanctifying journey of learning to trust a great God who works on behalf of the fatherless.
A father to the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy habitation. God makes a home for the lonely... (Ps. 68: 5-6, NASB)