I'm reading a book called Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge. I'll comment further on books I've read in a later post but I wanted to share this from the book. Its an imaginary letter from God to adoptive parents.
Dear Adoptive Parents,
One of my children needs a home - a mother and father who will love him and provide for him. I know how much you wanted to have children. I know the tears and anguish you have experienced. But the only way I could make a place for this child in your home was through the open door of your infertility. I am loaning him to you for a while to take care of. Do the best you know how to do, for he is precious to Me. Someday, when you are gone I will be his mother and father. He will learn to trust Me and depend on Me as he did on you. Thank you for being willing to love My son and give him a home on earth. Love, God
When I find this whole adoption and parenting thing so overwhelming that I just don't feel like I can do it, I remember this. This little baby that we will bring home will always be God's son first and his birthmother's second and mine third. God and his birthmother have given me the task of raising him for the next 18 years and then I give him back over to God's control. I can't do it on my own, I can only do it with lots and lots of prayer. Adoption has taught me that I am only an instrument of my Father and I'm here to do the work He has planned for me. And there is no way I can do something so huge and so important without Him.