I bought Ellie Holcomb‘s new CD, Red Sea Road for my daughter when she turned three in early March. The kids and I listened to it constantly, mostly in the car and if you happened to drive past us with binoculars you might have witnessed my failed attempts to fight back tears every time the title track, Red Sea Road came on. “So we’ll sing to our souls, we won’t burry our hope; where He leads us to go, there’s a Red Sea Road.” Ellie sings and my voice cracks halfway through and my vision gets a little blurry. Rhodes’s sweet little voice comes from the backseat, speaking as loudly as she can over the music, “Dis dee song, God will make a way when there is not a way, Momma?” Big gulp, “yes, baby girl, this is the song about how God makes a way when there is no way!”
When there is no way. How often I have felt like this is our reality in this adoption. There is no way we will raise, collect, save the amount of funds needed to bring our child home. There is no way we will get every form filled out, have it witnessed, notarized whatever it needs, as well as the other 500 documents needed to make up our dossier to then be translated into French and sent off to Burundi where who knows when someone will look at it and decide to send us a referral. No way. But Ellie’s song isn’t over. “When we can’t see the way, He will part the waves and we’ll never walk alone down a Red Sea Road.” I can’t see the road. But the beauty of that is I don’t have to. God made the road and it’s there. It may wind around in directions different than I expected but not different than God expected.
Proverbs 4:18 says, “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day” (ESV). This is a glorious truth for so many reasons. Let’s start at the beginning of the verse, “the path of the righteous” who are the righteous? Those redeemed, made right in the sight of God by the blood of Christ. Here is one path that never should have existed whether it was buried under a whole ocean or not. “as it is written: None is righteous, no, not one” Romas 3:10 (ESV). But as Ellie reminds us, God is in the business of making a way when there is no way and He chose to lay out a path which His Son walked up to Calvary so we didn’t have to. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved” Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV). And now made righteous, our path shines like the dawn displaying God’s light brighter and brighter with each step we take.
God laid out the path for our righteousness and we can step forward in confidence because when the dawn broke over the tomb on Easter morning it was gloriously empty. God knows where my child in Africa is and He has laid out a path to bring us to that little person. He’s already made a way through the biggest obstacle we will ever face: He has redeemed us and made us His own even though we were dead in our sin, running from His light. And we are not alone. “When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up” Psalm 94:18 (ESV).
I needed to write this post for myself mostly. Discouragement creeps in and leaps on me every step we take forward in this adoption process. The spiritual attack has been very real; I’m often caught off guard. I needed to collect truth to have in front of me for the next step we take in our adoption. To help me remember: God is making a way where there is no way.