March 1, 2004 and January 13, 2010
Dramatic differences between the two days.
But many similar questions……
Different questions for those in country, in Haiti, but for those of us in the United States, similar questions……
What does it all mean?
Are my kids safe?
Are the people who care for my kids safe?
Do they have enough food? Enough water?
When will I see them again?
What does this mean to the adoption process?
What does it mean for Haiti?
A lot more questions than answers.
But there was also a reminder.
The Sun also rises.
The sun came up. The world continued to turn. The people who surround us in the United States continued to go on with life.
But didn’t they know? Actually, a lot of them didn’t.
But they also served as a reminder. A reminder of God’s faithfulness.
Even when things don’t seem to be going well. God’s still there.
Even when things are going really poorly. God’s still there.
Just like the sun comes up every morning, God is reminding us, it’s like God’s saying, “I’m here, don’t worry, I’m here.”
At that point, we didn’t know what the coup meant to anyone. What did it mean to us? What did it mean to my kids? What did it mean to those who worked in the former government? I mean, let’s be honest, there are probably some good and honest people working in government in pretty much any country. Suddenly they were out of a job.
Did the new government know what they were doing? We had no idea.
What was their view of the United States? It turns out later that there is some pretty substantial evidence that seems to say the US might have had a role in supporting the coup.
What was their view of international adoptions? There was historical precedence that other countries have had coups and then shut down foreign adoptions for years.
What was the U.S. government’s view towards helping adoptive families?
Certainly we weren’t alone – but how many other families were in the same “place” as we were? How many others had children in the process of adoption and were “stuck” for who knows how long?
There were a lot of things we didn’t know on that Monday morning. So many that it hurts my head to think back to that scary time.
But there was one thing that we did know.
We knew that come Monday morning, the sun came up and the world still moved the way it did before.
Because God’s reminder was there in the sunrise.
A new day dawning and God’s here.
God’s here. And there. Wherever your “here” is, God is there.
Whatever your circumstances, God’s there.
And right now God’s here too.
So, tomorrow, when the sun comes up, remember, God’s here.
He was then and he always will be.
And boy we had no idea the story he had planned for us……