The message at church this morning was all about "hope". It was about being hopeful with the knowledge of what God HAS done, what God has promised TO do in the future, and what God IS doing currently in our lives. There was one part of the sermon that truly hit home. The pastor was giving an analogy of a geyser in Yellowstone National Park. It is bigger and grander than Old Faithful - but it is not very faithful. You have to wait and wait and even then the geyser is unpredictable. The pastor said that once the geyser went off it was well worth the wait. The message next to the geyser said "We predict, we do not schedule!". This is exactly what God asks of us. God promises lots of things, but not always in our timing. We are commanded to put our hope in Him, but we cannot schedule Him - GOD IS GOD! His timing is perfect.
Many people have been checking in and asking how our adoption is going. I just keep telling them that we are just waiting. The wait for an infant girl is close to 18 months. The wait for an infant boy is a little less than that. The wait for a toddler is undecided and unpredictable. We were originally told the wait would be 5-8 months - probably the shorter end of that because of the age we are requesting. The tentative family list has us down as #5 on the age category that we are requesting. Out of those 4 families before us, some are requesting boys, or sibling groups, or a 3 yr. old but not a 4yr old. It makes my mind spin trying to figure out when we could receive a beautiful picture of our sweet daughter.
I have complete hope that God knows exactly where our daughter is.
I have complete hope that God will keep her in His arms until we can hold her in ours.
I have complete hope that God will guide us and be with us while we wait.
I have complete hope that God is in control.
I am reminded that WE CAN PREDICT, BUT WE DO NOT SCHEDULE!
So with God's perfect timing and plan in mind...
"I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in Him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." ~ Romans 15:13
We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands.
~ Kristi Larson ~
~ Kristi Larson ~
Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart - but in it!
~ Fleur Conkling Heylinger ~