i began this piece telling you about yet another trip to the fed ex office. today's purpose was to send most of our adoption dossier to our agency in nashville. we are still waiting for our immigration clearance, but, in the meantime, all of the dossier papers have to go through a "verification" process. clearly there are adoption officials with the sole purpose being to find new and creative ways to shuffle papers. all of the official documents which we have busily collected and have had carefully notartized, now have to travel through another parade of notaries, i.e., verification. i guess this is a "just to be sure" kind of thing. it does make me wonder though; is this process to make sure they are sure or are they testing us to make sure we are sure. this next step will include checking the county, state, and country levels on all documents. i really cannot even wrap my mind around what that all entails. i am just thankful my part in this is only sending the entire bundle off to our agent. he will take care of the rest. today it seems to be about trusting that the fed ex system follows the same adage as the post office, "neither rain, nor sleet, nor a (light dusting of) snow".... will keep these papers from nashville. i drove home thinking about the things which could have kept us from bella grace xue. there have been so many hurdles. so many hoops to jump through. so many planets which have had to align. i am quite glad we didn't know all of this up front. God has clearly given us just what we could handle for the moment. most of all, He has given us the unbelievable, unwavering sense that He is in control of the hurdles, the hoops and the planets. He is even in control of the wintry conditions. He continues to show us that He is coordinating our union with this little girl in china, just as He perfectly coordinated our coming to Him. there is nothing, no nothing, that can keep Him from us. nothing that can keep Him hunkered down. there is nothing which brings Him to a screeching halt. there is nothing that can separate us from His great love.
"who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?....no, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. for i am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God..." ~ romans 8:35-39
now, off to buy myself some milk, bread and a snowplow.