Wednesday, January 26, 2011

His Plan...

We’ve come to Africa with little to no plan. For those who really know me, you know this is HUGE. We have surrendered all of our preconceived notions and dreams and ideas about how any of this should go. We don’t even have a court date, had no idea when we would see our children, didn’t know if our new children would get to see us very much, etc, etc, etc. We just know that God has called us to adopt from Uganda, and we are following no matter what obstacles, trials or delays there are in the process. We will press on in Christ Jesus.

This morning Peter asked if we wanted to see either or both of the children today. Our hearts rejoiced at the possibility. Little did we know… We traveled almost 30 minutes away down the dirt roads of Uganda. Imagine skiing on moguls without any snow…cue the car sickness. Upon arriving at the church in Jjogo, a small choir was heard practicing on stage. Children were running around pointing at us, and we waited. It seemed like an eternity but was probably closer to 45 minutes. Then, without pomp or circumstance, Zeke came through the doors. He came walking toward us and then stopped. He shook his head and began backing up. Then, he tried again. Still again, he backed up and headed out the door. He was scared. We were scared for him. After much coaxing from Peter, he went outside and calmed down. We all decided to go to his home to meet his family.

This decision came quickly but not lightly. We never met Jett’s biological family, so we were not prepared for this encounter. Zeke had never ridden in a vehicle, so he was scared of that too but seemed eager to give it a try. Only when Jett persuaded him to come did he decide to go. He sat in the front seat in my lap…I relished every second of it. For the first time, he felt air conditioning. He laughed and kept trying to feel it again. We continued to drive with our guide in the car and came upon a 2 room (each room was maybe 8 x 6) house. No electricity, no running water….this was his home. We had the privilege of meeting his birth father, grandmother and half-sisters. God allowed us some sweet time of asking questions and hearing about Zeke’s life. We felt honored. Peter asked the family how soon they wanted us to take him so he could adjust to us. “Today would be good,” said the grandmother, and she wasn’t kidding. Ummmm…..okay, Lord, we’re all in on this one. So, with that we were off as a family of 6.

Then, we proceeded to go to the church at the farm about 20 minutes away. We stood with Zeke in our arms and watched as a young mom came toward us with Elly by her side. After quick introductions, the mom gave Elly to me. Elly didn’t cry or fight. She just clung to me. I have to words for that moment except utter joy. God’s grace was all over this encounter. Elly clung to me the entire time and kept trying to get closer and closer.

When we were getting ready to leave, Peter said that Elly was going with us too…What? Are you serious? We didn’t plan for any of this. We had no idea. We didn’t even know when we would get to see them or how often. Now, we are leaving as a family of 7. God, you alone get the praise and glory and honor for how this has been orchestrated. Before time began you had this day in mind. You planned for our family to be together, and Your promise was fulfilled. Your plans will not be thwarted.

As we sat around in the Sozi living room tonight for family worship, a small part of me longed for friends to sing “Bwe tusaba” on a Sunday afternoon. But, God reminded me of His plan and not mine! Tonight, we have two more children asleep. Tonight, I cry tears of joy for His plan. Thank you Lord that Your ways, Your thoughts and Your plan are all higher. I rejoice in You!

We’ve come to Africa with little to no plan. For those who really know me, you know this is HUGE. We have surrendered all of our preconceived notions and dreams and ideas about how any of this should go. We don’t even have a court date, had no idea when we would see our children, didn’t know if our new children would get to see us very much, etc, etc, etc. We just know that God has called us to adopt from Uganda, and we are following no matter what obstacles, trials or delays there are in the process. We will press on in Christ Jesus.

This morning Peter asked if we wanted to see either or both of the children today. Our hearts rejoiced at the possibility. Little did we know… We traveled almost 30 minutes away down the dirt roads of Uganda. Imagine skiing on moguls without any snow…cue the car sickness. Upon arriving at the church in Jjogo, a small choir was heard practicing on stage. Children were running around pointing at us, and we waited. It seemed like an eternity but was probably closer to 45 minutes. Then, without pomp or circumstance, Zeke came through the doors. He came walking toward us and then stopped. He shook his head and began backing up. Then, he tried again. Still again, he backed up and headed out the door. He was scared. We were scared for him. After much coaxing from Peter, he went outside and calmed down. We all decided to go to his home to meet his family.

This decision came quickly but not lightly. We never met Jett’s biological family, so we were not prepared for this encounter. Zeke had never ridden in a vehicle, so he was scared of that too but seemed eager to give it a try. Only when Jett persuaded him to come did he decide to go. He sat in the front seat in my lap…I relished every second of it. For the first time, he felt air conditioning. He laughed and kept trying to feel it again. We continued to drive with our guide in the car and came upon a 2 room (each room was maybe 8 x 6) house. No electricity, no running water….this was his home. We had the privilege of meeting his birth father, grandmother and half-sisters. God allowed us some sweet time of asking questions and hearing about Zeke’s life. We felt honored. Peter asked the family how soon they wanted us to take him so he could adjust to us. “Today would be good,” said the grandmother, and she wasn’t kidding. Ummmm…..okay, Lord, we’re all in on this one. So, with that we were off as a family of 6.

Then, we proceeded to go to the church at the farm about 20 minutes away. We stood with Zeke in our arms and watched as a young mom came toward us with Elly by her side. After quick introductions, the mom gave Elly to me. Elly didn’t cry or fight. She just clung to me. I have to words for that moment except utter joy. God’s grace was all over this encounter. Elly clung to me the entire time and kept trying to get closer and closer.

When we were getting ready to leave, Peter said that Elly was going with us too…What? Are you serious? We didn’t plan for any of this. We had no idea. We didn’t even know when we would get to see them or how often. Now, we are leaving as a family of 7. God, you alone get the praise and glory and honor for how this has been orchestrated. Before time began you had this day in mind. You planned for our family to be together, and Your promise was fulfilled. Your plans will not be thrwarted.

As we sat around in the Sozi living room tonight for family worship, a small part of me longed for friends to sing “Bwe tusaba” on a Sunday afternoon. But, God reminded me of His plan and not mine! Tonight, we have two more children asleep. Tonight, I cry tears of joy for His plan. Thank you Lord that Your ways, Your thoughts and Your plan are all higher. I rejoice in You!


PS Kaitlyn is already asleep for the evening so pictures will be posted tomorrow!!!

13 comments:

Joseph & Meghan said...

How amazing! I'm so happy for your family and for how God has worked all of this out for y'all! I can't even begin to imagine how emotional and wonderful this time must be. Keeping y'all in my prayers!
Love y'all,
Meghan

Anonymous said...

Wow Amazing. Only our wonderful heavenly daddy can create sweet moments like these. I am so emotional for you. God bless you all. May the rest of the details of this trip move so smoothly also!Praise God! Mica

Allison Lewis said...

i'm just in awe. what a huge, tremendous, overwhelming day of blessings you had!! we're praying for your family (all SEVEN of you) and are anxiously awaiting your arrival home.
much love,
al

Anonymous said...

Jt and Sheryl! (and kids) Praise the Lord for guiding your way thus far. Praying that he works out the court dates and can bring you all home safely as a family!

The Taylors said...

Oh goodness sister! This post is going to make me get all weepy! Rejoicing in God's incredible goodness and how He along could have made this happen. Can't wait to meet your babies. PS= You know we are anxiously awaiting photos. =o)

Amanda Graves said...

I sit here sobbing in amazement and joy for you!! Oh the sweet moment of seeing your new babies! I am overjoyed for you, JT and the girls...and sweet Jett letting his new brother know it is ok...I have walked this road...what a blessing! My heart is overjoyed for you...love you!
Amanda

Anonymous said...

Dear Children - All seven of you - I have read your blog with tears streaming down my face. I have felt the fear that little Zeke must feel and the need to feel secure that Elly has shown. Oh, how I wish I could have been with you to see these precious moments. God is so good and He will bless this new season of your lives - of our lives - in so many ways. Jett is so precious to lead his little brother and help him feel safe and secure. I am looking forward to seeing pictures of my new grandchildren soon. I love you and feel certain that God's hand will continue to move the courts and Embassey quickly so you can come home soon. My love, hugs and prayers, Mom/Meemaw

Buster Taylor said...

Congrats to the Turners! The quiver is filling up. Blessings as you navigate the next part of your journey.

MeaganSloan said...

I am so happy for ya'll! Each and everyday God amazes me with how awesome He is.
Hopefully you guys will get a court date soon! I know it's all in God's timing.

Angie said...

So, so, special this time in your life! God is amazing! Wow, what else can you say! Praying for you..who know we may see you there.

Anonymous said...

I sat here crying as I read your precious blog. I had prayed that our Father would go before you and that everything would be ordered into place before you even arrived. OUR GOD IS AMAZING AND HE IS STILL ON THE THRONE! I can only imagine the joy you and J.T. felt to see your entire family asleep under one roof. God bless you all and except amazing things to continue! Love you! Sharron S.

Robin Cheatham said...

Praise to God,the Waymaker!! He is able! Will keep praying His glory will continue to be seen through your family! We Love You! Robin Cheatham

David said...

GOD has been Good to The Turners!!! We Love You ALL!!!
David & Michelle