Saturday, July 18, 2009

A good word on WAITING

Some very dear friends are currently going through a huge battle. Their son, Luke, who is 8, is battling AML Lukemia for the second time. His amazing mom, Vikki, posted this on thier blog. Habbakuk 2:3 has become one of my very favorite verses on this adoption journey, so her post immediately caught my eye when I saw it at the top. If you are waiting on any part of adoption, waiting list, waiting to finish paperwork or a homestudy, or waiting for your referral, waiting to pass court, waiting to travel, waiting waiting should read this!

She posted this note from Rick Warren:

How God Builds Your Faith: Delay
by Rick Warren

"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!" (Habakkuk 2:3 LB).

Even as you make a decision to follow the dream God places in your heart, you can expect a delay. God will not fulfill your dream immediately because this is another step toward building your faith.

In Habakkuk 2, God says, "These things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled."

In this step of faith-building you will most likely start asking the question, "When, Lord? When are You going to answer my prayer?"

And we hate to wait. We don't like to wait in a doctor's office, or in traffic jams, or at restaurants, or for Christmas presents, or for anything else. But what we hate worst of all is waiting on God.

Have you ever been in a hurry when God wasn't? It's so irritating! You're ready, but God isn't. God wants to work on you before He works on the project. Every believer must go through the University of Learning to Wait (ULW). Some of us are still working on our degrees from ULW!

• Noah waited 120 years from the time he started building the ark until it began to rain.
• Abraham was told he would be the father of a great nation and didn't have a child until he was 99.
• God told Moses he would be the leader to lead his people out of 400 years of slavery, but then made him wait in the desert 40 years.
• Joseph spent years in prison before God raised him up and he became the ruler God wanted him to be.
• God had David anointed as king, but then David waited for years until he actually got to be king.

We all have to go through these waiting periods. Even Jesus waited for 30 years in the carpenter's shop before setting out on his public ministry.

Why do we wait? It teaches us to trust in God. We learn that His timing is perfect. One of the facts we have to learn is this: God's delay never destroys His purpose.

A delay is not a denial. Children must learn the difference between "no" and "not yet," and so must we. Many times we think God is saying, "No," but He is saying, "Not yet.

*my note: I love the part that says, "delay is not denial". That is so true! God is good, I love that he wants to not just place a child in our family, a child who NEEDS a family, but he has so stinking much to show us about who he is in the process. He wants us closer to him, because he loves us so darn much. He had much for us to learn about his heart through the waiting, so much that we would maybe miss if adoption happened overnight...Thanks, Lord, for loving us enough to show us your faitfulness! Help us to trust YOUR timing as we wait for Lucy.


Amy Jo said...

What a great that I needed to read as I try to wait patiently for our "official" referral of our new son! Praying God continues to bless and teach you in your wait. Sweet blessings, Amy

Denise Crawford said...

I remember the day God gave you that verse! Just another reminder that His timing is perfect, not a single minute sooner or later, but HIS perfect time. That's when Lucy will be in your arms (and mine!!).
Praying for the Jensens too.
Love, Grammy

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