The Transformative Work of Time

Today marks the one year anniversary of Adia becoming part of our family. Twelve months ago we finally got to hold the baby we had been praying for and she was fully ours.

I vividly remember sweating as we waited in the children’s center’s main hall when one worker brought in this two-year-old with a shaved head and a fear of the unknown. This child was like a noodle, incapable of holding up her head, crawling or really sitting without assistance. Her skin was extremely fragile. Her little body so hungry and emaciated.

Eventually, we got her to eat. Eventually, her eyes began to brighten. Eventually, we made it home to Escondido, to brother and sister, to her family.

A lot has changed for Adia since August of 2016. One friend shared that when she met her in China she was afraid Adia wouldn’t survive. Instead, she has learned to thrive. She is strong, smart and determined. She has the flair of a three-year-old and a laugh that can brighten your day.

Of course, there have been hospital stays, scars, learning to crawl and tiring therapy. But the time has been transformative. One year on I can’t imagine what Adia’s life will be like in ten or twenty years, but if she keeps up at this clip there will be no holding her back!

As I am thankful today, our family day, I am also hopeful. It seems to me that Adia’s story is a story of faith and what time will do with love. For believers, it is the love of Christ that we experience and the time that he determines to transform us, to make us more like him.

Like the Apostle Paul, we too can say “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 (ESV).

Wherever you are today, trust in Christ’s love for you, and trust how he will use time to transform you.

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