March 21, 2010

Normal and Miraculous

Life has changed for us.  Of course, life is bound to change when you have two newborns in your home.  Our walls are full of laughter and joy, cuddling and kisses, diapers and bottles.  I can't wait to share more in the coming weeks about the first time we met our children and how wonderful life has been since then.

But the change in our lives involves more than that.  We would be heartless if we weren't dramatically affected by the poverty and desperation that we encountered in Ethiopia.  Just our childrens' stories alone are enough to break our hearts. 

In the face of this kind of pain, I'm clinging to the promises in God's Word that He will make all things new someday.  Revelation 21:3-5 keeps running through my mind -- "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."  And He who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also He said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

It seems normal and right that these two beautiful, happy babies are part of our family.  We love being parents, and the babies are doing so well with us.  God has been very good.  But as normal and right as it all seems, I don't want to forget that God sent us halfway around the world to get them.  He saw them while they were in tragic and desperate situations, and He intervened to rescue them.  He placed them on our hearts and provided the means for us to adopt them into our family.  It's a miracle that these two little ones are in our home, that they will grow up as Philpots.

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