Today we have officially been on the adoption waiting list for 1,000 days.
When we originally began this journey we anticipated waiting about half that. We continue to be baffled by how long this journey has taken and we often find ourselves discouraged. We were recently notified that we are #4 on the waiting list but the road ahead still looks to be long.
A little over a year ago I attended an adoptive moms’ prayer and had the opportunity to share what the Lord has been teaching me and it serves as a good reminder for today. I hope it is an encouragement to all:
Dear Friend –
What are you waiting for?
What is it that has you up at night worrying? Wondering. Questioning.
Is fear of the unknown creeping in?
Maybe you’ve heard God’s direction and now it feels like there’s no indication of what He’s going to do next. Maybe it’s been days. Maybe it’s been months.
Maybe you’re starting to question, “Am I even on the right path to begin with?!? Is God ever going to work this out for me?”
Maybe you’re tired of people questioning what you’re doing in the midst of your waiting.
Maybe you’re beginning to feel desperate for something, anything, to happen so the waiting doesn’t seem like such an endless abyss.
Tired of waiting on God, maybe you’re contemplating taking matters into your own hands.
Have you ever considered Sarah in the Bible? She waited 25 years to see God’s promise of a baby fulfilled. I always knew Sarah had to wait, but it was just this year that I actually did the math! Talk about a testing of faith! Did she have times of wondering? Questioning? No doubt! We know that at least one point she took matters into her own hands. How did that work out for her?
When God makes a promise, He is faithful. Friend, hang in there. Stay the course. Stand firm. Don’t settle for less than His best. Trust in the God who sees ALL. Who knows ALL. His ways are so much higher and better than ours. Our view is so very short sighted and we lack patience. Turn that worrying into praying. Turn your questions into prayers. Resist the devil’s temptations for you to try to manage the situation.
If you’re anything like me, you like to have a plan. A schedule is comfortable and details make you happy. The unknown is super uncomfortable. I urge you to relinquish your grip. There is so much comfort in resting. Even in the unknown. Allow yourself to be wrapped up in God’s arms of comfort and rest. Wait for him to show you the next step. After all, it’s often so much more about the journey than it is about the destination. May he find you faithful.
The other day my son was playing the piano and I heard him playing “What a Friend We Have In Jesus.” I went in and sat next to him so I could soak in the lyrics as he played:
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Friends, let’s no longer forfeit peace and bear needless pain! Let’s promise each other tonight to take everything to God in prayer. Over and over again if necessary. Even if it takes 25 years to see the answer. He loves us oh so much and sees our worries. He wants to bear those griefs for us.
I leave you with a familiar verse from Philippians: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Yep. Very good reminders for me.
Thanks for walking this entire journey of almost 1300 days with us. When we came back from Haiti and said “yes” to God he began a good work in us and he will be faithful to complete it. So happy we can share this journey with you.