Isn’t that what Jesus said we should have? Faith the size of a mustard seed. I have never seen a mustard seed, but I have heard that it is TINY. Today I sat looking over our finances for our trip to China, wondering if we had enough to cover all the costs. There seem to have been so many unexpected costs that we never budgeted for. Just last week while getting ready to submit our passports for our Chinese visas we discovered that Anthony’s passport was going to expire in 5 months….China’s policy is that there be 6 months on your passport in order to get a visa! Yikes!!!! He drove to Denver in a rush to get an emergency passport…at a huge expense. On the same day we were told that the visas cost $130.00 per person, NOT $35 as we were originally told. On and on and on….
Exactly twelve months ago we were miraculously approved to adopt Haven. I clearly remember Anthony and I looking at each other and saying “how on earth are we going to pay for this?” We had no savings in the bank. Our monthly income just could not pay back any credit card or bank loan. We did not even have the initial $250.00 application fee 🙂 How? Yet, deep down inside us was the tiny mustard seed of faith. Just enough faith to look beyond our earthly circumstances and say “MY GOD WILL PROVIDE”.
As I calculated all the figures this afternoon I really was amazed. God has provided EVERY step of the way. The has POURED out provision every single time we needed it. When we started on this journey a year ago I said to Anthony “I know that Hannah-Claire is meant to go with us to China, Haven will need her there!”. As the journey progressed and more and more unexpected expenses kept coming out of nowhere, I swept that feeling aside and wondered how it could ever be possible for us to take her with. At one point we even considered the possibility of me traveling alone to cut back on expenses. Oh…what little faith!!!!! Here we are traveling with not one, but TWO children! How amazing is our God?
The huge financial costs put so many families off adoption. The costs are HUGE. Not many people have $30 000.00 sitting around in a bank account. But, I am MORE convinced than ever that God LOVES to rescue orphans. His Word promises “I will NOT leave you as orphans, I will come to you”. He just needs those who will say YES LORD…I WILL GO! Saying YES gives God the go-ahead to open the floodgates of heaven and provide manna every step of the way. He is so faithful and so good…I am in awe.