God's up to something. I just know it. I'm not sure what exactly, but there's something stirring in my heart and our lives and I'm sure it's God's way of preparing me. Obviously the central theme in our lives right now is our adoption. But I truly feel like there is more to this story that God is writing then getting us to our son in Ethiopia. Like we're just beginning a journey that is far bigger then us. This is just the tip to the iceberg.
Today at church we started a new series on Nehemiah. (Side note... "Nehemiah" seems to be a name that keeps coming up over and over again for one reason or another- I'm wondering if it'll be what we name our boy OR if God is just trying to teach us about the life of Nehemiah and how that applies to our journey? Either way, I smile every time I hear the name!) Anyway... the message today was about the burden and brokenness Nehemiah felt when he heard about the Jews back in Jerusalem and the great trouble and disgrace they were in. When he heard that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down and it's gates were burned down- he wept and mourned. Our pastor talked about Nehemiah's discontent with the news and how it set the stage for an everyday hero to rise. That "for an ordinary person to become an everyday hero they have to come to the aid and need of a situation in a sacrificial way for a nobel purpose." Our pastor encouraged us to figure out what it was in our lives that made us broken, or emotional, or distraught.. what tugged on our heart strings, where we wished we could make a difference... And then pray about it.
So I'll do just that. Pray. My eyes have been captured by the faces of orphans, my heart has been burdened with the desperate needs of Ethiopia... that's about all I know right now- but again, God's up to something!
This is what I know for certain stirs my heart.
Ordinary Hero~ A day in the trash dump in Ethiopia from Kelly Putty on Vimeo.