Adoption is a lot like flying to a destination. We’ve planned and prepared (got initial information about adopting), we’ve gotten in the car and heading to the airport (filled out paperwork), parked at the airport (approved by the agency), checking in at the ticket counter (been matched with our daughter), gone through security (completed a home study), boarded the plane (submitted our immigration paperwork), taxied out (sent our dossier to China) and are sitting on the tarmac waiting to take off (waiting for final approval from China). We still have more steps to go, taxi down the run way (get final immigration approval), take off (wait on final travel arrangements), and finally reach or destination (meet our daughter and bring her home).
Right now as we sit on the tarmac, I feel a lot like I did on a trip several years ago when we were sitting on the tarmac and a storm came through, rocking the plane and causing us to just sit and wait for it to pass before we could proceed. We are sitting and waiting right now. All of the work of preparing for the journey is behind us for now. There is really nothing we can do. It is totally up to the pilot and the control tower as to when we get to take off.
But I'm glad I know and trust the pilot of my life, Jesus Christ. He is in control of the journey and all of the details. I can sit back, relax and wait for Him to have take off and get us to our destination on schedule.