Finally this week, after nearly two months of waiting, we received an update. The update came from FANA in Bogota, the orphanage sponsoring our adoption. The information was surprisingly thorough. It included reasons for the delays, deadlines for next steps, and an estimated timeframe for travel.
It’s what we wanted. Information. Estimations. Times and dates. But ironically, with more information comes less peace. More knowledge brings more reason to worry. Typical.
The first deadline is coming up next week–September 29th. By then we should receive word that the boys’ paperwork is finally in order. Supposedly it will take another 20 days to wrap things up on the Colombian side, which means we can expect to receive our official referral by mid-October. At that point we’ll need a minimum of 30 days to process our final approvals stateside. That takes us to mid-November, when we should be able to travel.
A Colombian adoption typically requires the adoptive parents to spend around six weeks in the country. Do the math and you end up right around Christmas. However. We’ve been told the Colombian courts shut down for a long Christmas break, mid-December through mid-January. Do the math again, and you’ll know why we worry.
Two weeks ago we knew nothing, and we were frustrated. But not worried. There was nothing we could do, and the timing was up to God.
Now we have information, and there’s still nothing we can do. But worry.
I wonder if God ever rolls his eyes.
I search Bible Gateway for worry in the New Testament, and find a dozen references. All of them are quotes from Jesus. In most of the verses worry is preceded by do not. The remaining verses are questions:
And why do you worry?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?
Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
It’s the last question I like the best. Especially for our context, which I must confess, probably isn’t the intended context. (Context is something I learned to guard very carefully when I was at the seminary, but for the present purpose I’m going to ignore what I learned.)
My paraphrase: Since you cannot do even one little thing about it, why do you worry?
The fact is, two weeks ago God was the only one who knew how this would turn out. And today, with our new information? He’s still the only one who knows.
Our prayers today are the same as they’ve been from the beginning. God, prepare us and prepare them. Make us ready. Be in every detail. Give us wisdom and courage and love for the journey. Whenever and wherever it takes us. We trust you. Amen.