Friday, July 30, 2010
Part of my Heart is in Africa Right Now!
The star is where my sister and my brother-in-law are likely just getting up "tomorrow" morning! It is so absolutely incredible to comprehend.
Several years ago I went to spend a week watching their 3 kids while they took a trip to Jamaica for their 10th anniversary. It was a very special time! I remember her telling me later that they had talked, ever so briefly, about adopting some day. (I think this was when, so if I'm wrong, I apologize!) I remember my sis saying something about a little girl from Guatemala, but her husband said that he thought it would be a little boy from Africa! I remember thinking that it sounded a bit far fetched, but as they weren't serious about it, it was just a "huh!" moment!
And now here they are: in Africa getting ready to meet their little boy on Sunday (Saturday night for us)! I had no idea my brother-in-law had the gift of prophecy! O.K., that may have only happened as a special gifting for the moment, but I'll probably think hard about any predictions he'll make from now on!
Probably like many people, my sister and I weren't exactly "kindred spirits" as we were growing up. She was a fairly typical oldest child and I was certainly a second. I didn't have very much in common with her, it seemed, until we got older and realized how much we truly do. Mostly we just discovered that we like each other and our differences and have grown to appreciate what God is doing in each others' lives. Actually, I absolutely adore my sister! She has shown me love and forgiveness more than any one person in my life. God has blessed me immensely by putting us together and I'm so grateful that I can come along on her spiritual shirt-tales!
I'm also so incredibly fond of my brother-in-law! He's a definite tough guy, but I'll never forget how he waited for my sis to figure out that he was the "one!" We all knew, of course. I have been so impressed at how he has led in his relationship with my sister. He takes such wonderful care of her. He is a pretty cool dad, too! Watching him with his little girls is so precious and it cracks me up how boys and their dads can be! He's taught his children well.
I would do just about anything for these two people. I wish I could do more; be there more; give more. They are two ordinary people who have let the Extraordinary God show through them. They are an example of what I want to be. For the next week, these two are moving forward on bringing my nephew home, even if it won't conclude for another 6-8 weeks. So, for now, I am praying that their trip is smooth, they will be well-rested, and they have wonderful visits with their son in his home country. It won't be long until they can bring him home, but til then, we all have a little of our heart in Ethiopia!