It’s days like this that make me wish I were a journal-keeper. Unfortunately though, I’m neither poetic or thoughtful enough to maintain a written account of my life, so I have no idea what I was doing on this day one year ago.
If I were to guess, I’d say I was probably cleaning the house or writing papers for school or something else entirely ordinary. Even though I can’t remember exactly what I was doing on May 31st last year, I do have a pretty good idea what I was thinking.
Why is this adoption taking so long?
I wonder if this wait is ever going to end…
Lord, will we ever have a baby?
By this point in 2011, Joseph and I had been in the adoption process for over a year and a half. In January, the Ethiopian government had announced it would drastically reduce the number of adoptions processed, a decision which left all waiting families with uncertain timetables. No one knew what to expect anymore.
But the Lord knew. He was in control, and that truth brought me comfort as I tried to keep my mind focused on the here and now instead of obsessing about what might be happening on the other side of the world.
So on May 31, 2011, while I was folding laundry or typing homework assignments and feeling like everything was exactly the same as it had always been and quite possibly would remain that way for the rest of my days on earth, I had no way of knowing that everything had already changed.
Surrounded as I was by all the ordinariness of another day spent in small-town North Carolina, I couldn’t possibly guess that somewhere, thousands of miles away, in a village in Ethiopia, my miracle was being born.
But the Lord knew. While we waited, He was at work, answering our prayers and sovereignly protecting the life of the tiny baby girl He had long ago determined would become our daughter as she entered the world and drew her first breath.
Today we celebrate that day and all the things we know now that we could never have imagined then. Our God is truly good.
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Happy 1st Birthday, Evangelle!