He is Never Late–Learn to Wait…

24 Mar

This has been a good weekend!  Yesterday, we went to Diana & Matt’s open house.  They had a successful court date Friday and the girls are now officially theirs(they have been in their foster care since July 2006).  It was wonderful to have some time with them and with another best friend from high school, Tria, and hubbie, Larry.  Oh, I always feel so much more like myself when I’ve had some time (even a couple of hours!) with dear friends who’ve known me for a long time and who love me–quirks and all! 

We were given a donation to our adoption fund today from a family of 6 (4 kids) at church today.  We are so grateful for their generosity and encouragement as we continue on our journey towards adoption!

Alan is getting a combo Hepatitis A/B shot this week.  I’m going to try to get my visa picture (and hopefully he will, too) just so we have that done.  I’m also going to try to get paperwork ready for our taxes which we need to finish up soon.  We are trying to figure out whether we need 1 or 2 new suitcases and, if so, what size.  We had a couple recommend that we take medium suitcases because they’d be easier to carry on any flights (to a region) once we are in Russia.  However, I am clueless what size counts as “medium!” 

Waiting is a way of life here…It’s not always easy to do…I think of people I know who are physically pregnant (instead of “paper pregnant” like me) and I do envy that they can feel physically close to their little one and count off days until they meet.  It’s just not that simple with adoption…Hearing a baby crying at church makes me think of my little one so far away and the likelihood that his cries are ignored sometimes, if not always, in the orphanage…that he is not held and loved on the way all babies deserve to be treated…and I pray that God will take care of His needs and love on him while we are apart.

In this waiting room, there is a tremendous need for prayer and trust…that God will see us through and be glorified ultimately through our family.

Here’s excerpts from a favorite devotion in Streams in the Desert:

Forty years was a long time to wait in preparation for a great mission.  Yet when God delays, He is not inactive.  This is when He prepares His instruments and matures our strength.  Then at the appointed time we will rise up and be equal to our task.  Even Jesus of Nazareth had thirty years of privacy, growing in wisdom before He began His work.

God is never in a hurry.  He spends years preparing those He plans to greatly use, and never thinks of the days of preparation as being too long or boring. 

Today we may be unable to see the final outcome of the beautiful plan that God has hidden “in the shadow of his hand” (Isa. 49:2).  It may be concealed for a very long time, but our faith may rest in assurance that God is still seated on His throne.  Because of this assurance, we can calmly await the time when, in heavenly delight, we will say, “All things (have) worked together for good”  (Rom. 8:28 KJV).

Don’t steal tomorrow from God’s hands.  Give Him time to speak to you and reveal His will.  He is never late–learn to wait.

He never shows up late; He knows just what is best;

Fret not yourself in vain; until He comes just REST.

Never run impulsively ahead of the Lord.  Learn to await His timing–the second, minute, and hour hand must all point to the precise moment for action.

By the way, www.adoptedfromrussia.com is a website that was just shared with me.  It offers Russian books, cds, and toys and the site is especially geared towards adoptive families.

Thanks for stopping by,

Heather

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One Response to “He is Never Late–Learn to Wait…”

  1. Artie & Barbara Rivers March 25, 2008 at 1:52 pm #

    Heather & Alan,
    We (and Mount Hermon Baptist Church here in Savannah, Tennessee) are praying for you guys. We’re excited about your new son or daughter!

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