Friday, January 30, 2015

Different Yet the Same

What an up and down roller coaster ride this journey has been. I have been in Tulsa almost 2 months now. 
How in the world did THAT happen? It has been good and it has been bad, but as I tell people, I have more good days than bad and for that, I am thankful.

Moving to a new city, new state, new job, new apartment, new Church, etc. has been hard.
A lot harder than I thought it was going to be. 
But again, each day is getting better and better.
It sure helps when the temperature was 79 on Wednesday! That didn't last long though since it's currently 34. 
After all, it is only January. If it were 80 every day now, I don't want to know how August will be like.

My job.
My job is the whole reason why I moved here. The whole reason why I left my family, friends, Church, everything that was comfortable to me.
A long time ago, the Lord laid orphans on my heart and that passion has never left.

For a few years I lived in China, caring for some of the most precious children there are. Children who were unable to stay with their birth families for whatever reason. I had the blessing of loving on them each and every day.
Praying for them, caring for them, holding them, singing and reading scripture of them.
And I cherish all those hours I spent with them for those 2 1/2 years.
They changed me and I will never be the same because of them.

And now, I sit at a desk.
Helping families complete their paperwork so that they can bring their sweet kiddos home.
No, I'm not holding precious children each day but I am helping to place them into families.
When the paperwork gets old and the days are long, I am reminded of those children on the other side of the world, who need families.

These are two very different things, or are they?
They are different, but yet they are the same.
I was able to love on the children who are waiting.
And now I get to encourage the families who are waiting.
Both jobs have changed me and stretched me.
And I wouldn't have it any other way.

"God sets the lonely in families."
Psalm 68:6

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