Monday, September 19, 2011

For Those Who Are Weary~God Keeps His Promises (Adoption/Spritual Walk)




Do you ever wonder when the waves will stop rolling? When the bulls eye will be off your back? When you can just take a deep breath with out having to be weary of poison gases?

Most of us feel this way at some point. Most of us feel this way when we are following God.

You know what we should be doing? Cheering and knowing that we are doing something to really tick off satan.

Ok, now in reality, we don't always feel like cheering.

In Romans 5:3 we read, "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance.."

The attacks from satan can give this a whole new meaning. At least at times we feel that way.

When you read the rest of this verse, it clues us in to the hope we need to have because, as the sign above my entertainment center reads, "God keeps His promises".

"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." Romans 5:3-5

This suffering, when we realize why, leads to perseverance. How can it not? We know God is bigger than we can imagine or fathom. There's no requirement that we have to understand WHY things are allowed.

Think about it this way (paraphrased from a Francis Chan video), God is like the ocean and we are a Coke can. We can't expect to scoop up a full can, look at it, and comprehend the magnitude of the ocean.

Suffering produces perseverance. We have to persevere, knowing God has got this. He has got us and NOBODY has our best interests at heart as our Father in Heaven. We don't have to "get it".

Perseverance produces character. Hmmmm...truthfully, what are times that solidify a relationship? Yes, laughter and fun, but...what times pour the concrete to build on? Hard times...hard times DO bring character. Have you met Christian who has been through horrors we can't even imagine?

I met a wonderful man last time we were in Ethiopia that, when sharing Jesus' truth about NOT earning salvation, he was disowned by his family and tied ON TOP of a car (they didn't want to make the car unclean). That's just part of the story.

He had character you wouldn't believe and a beautiful beautiful spirit.

Character produces...wait for it...HOPE. Sigh, blessed hope. The storm clouds are often held at bay by the blessed hope from God. Because "God has poured out His love". His love that is bigger than our coke can and we can barely comprehend.

Now get this, this next part is so cool.

Read the next line "because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." Sigh (and this is a deep one)...He has poured not ocean water, not Coke, but the HOLY SPIRIT into us. He has not left us alone. We all know that, but seriously? Really? We so do NOT deserve how Amazing God is.

Suffering has God holding us and instilling in us perseverance. Perseverance creates a character in us that wouldn't be created otherwise. The character of God, created by God brings us hope. Hope helps keep that light in front of our steps. Lastly, God reminds us we are not alone. He has poured the Holy Spirit into us.

Today, my Heavenly Father...our Heavenly Father gave us what is just beyond hope...fulfilling His promise. Do we deserve this promise? Not for a minute, but He gave us this gift anyway.

Today God laid at our feet what we believe is the rest of our funds for this adoption. We have never applied for a grant before our journey to Jael. Today we were rewarded a large one.

When going into the journey of bringing Jael home, I was weary. We had barely been home with the twins. Gabe and I suffered cycling fevers for a long time. They had just passed. My thought, quiet truthfully...my prayer, was that the funds would just come. Fund raising was so hard and exhausting (though rewarding as well) and the thought of starting all over again...just the thought had me weary. God provided.

But that is not our only blessing today. Today, after only 1 month and less than three weeks, we received our Letter of Acceptance from China (our LOA). We were told two months is the short time frame, but to expect at least three and sometimes four. God doesn't work on man's time frame.

Our steps to Jael are short at this point. Our steps to holding our sweet girl...we are almost there.

I told you this to ask you to do something.

If your weary, hold on to your hope. Our Great and Heavenly Father is there. He will NOT forsake you. He's bigger than we can wrap our minds around. We are the arrogant ones to worry and question. God DOES fulfill His promises.

Next time you pick up a Coke can, stop...pause...and realize this is about what we understand about God.

He is. He was. He will forever be.

3 comments:

  1. Can you hear my heart-felt and peaceful sigh?? Thank you, sweet Jesus, for your faithfulness. We always knew You would come through (deep down) we just sometimes got tired. I'm rejoicing with you this evening, Kat.

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  2. What a wonderful piece of news to share! I think of Jael so often and pray that everything falls into place soon. Does God send things my way to cause me to think of this little one waiting to come home? Is He tapping me and reminding me to be in prayer right. now. for her? for your family? I think so. And to think, I didn't even know about her a year ago. Hurry Home, Jael! Thank you, God, for supplying all our needs. He will be glorified in all this.

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  3. What a great post! So true....even when we don't want to hear it.

    Praise God!!!! :) Paperwork and funding!!!!! WAHOOOOO!!!!!!!!

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In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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