Throughout the course of my life, I've come to learn that government based bureaucratic systems are often rather tardy.
I try to take this in stride but occasionally for an instant my normally even temper gives out and I rant at my dog Tia about fools who can't do the jobs they've been given...she understands this concept because sometimes we forget to feed her and then I'm sure she feels the same about us.
Over a month ago I handed in our completed adoption file to be sent forward for approval, which in turn takes up to three months. A week ago, my husband called the municipality with a random question and as an afterthought checked to see if our file had got off alright (thinking it had long been sent out). As it turned out they rummaged around a bit and then informed him it was right there but they would do their best to send it out the following week. Maybe.
They did keep their questionable word though. On Friday we got a letter from Child Services (the people who approve us) saying that our criminal record checks would need to be redone and then they would be happy to look at our case...
Delays, though inevitable, can feel so disheartening but I firmly believe there is a reason for each, single thing that happens throughout this process. I know God's hand is in all of this and He is directing it exactly as He wants. I believe if there is a delay, it's because there was meant to be one. Perhaps because had our papers gone through sooner, we would have missed the perfect little child (or children) that are chosen especially for us.