The other day there was a big beautiful rainbow right in front of our house. The kids and I decided that our yellow house was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In the bible, the rainbow is God's promise that he will never completely destroy the world by flood again. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about God's promises to our family.
When Daniel and I got married we both felt that God was telling us that we would have a large family with lots of kids and that we would become a foster and adoptive family. We felt that His plan for us was to help many many children and teens. We actually first realized that God might intend for us to be together when Daniel overheard me telling his mom that I thought God wanted me to someday have a special group home for teen girls where I could help them learn life skills. He was surprised because that was the exact same vision for the future that God had given to Daniel. Before that day, Daniel and I had barely even been friends. It was more of a "friend of a friend" relationship.
Here we are 13 years later. We're seeing the beginning of God's plans unfolding in our lives. So far we've fostered 17 kids and adopted two of them. At the end of this month our foster care license will be renewed and we'll officially reopen our home as an "emergency intake home" so that we can help even more kids. Will we someday have a group home for teen girls like we thought we would so many year ago? I believe so, because God is faithful to keep His promises. But I also think, seeing the world and our country change so rapidly this past year, that the reality of our future may be very very different than anything we imagined back then. I'm excited to see what God has in store for us and how it will all turn out! Lord, help me not to be a worrier.