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Thursday, March 09, 2006

I saw this posted today on a yahoo adoption support group. I thought it was pretty good. I can hardly fall asleep at night because I am so excited about this adoption. The reality is we are just at the beginning of a very long trip. We have not really stepped our foot out the door. We are in for what could be a long wait. I hope this is not true, but I know it probably is true! Today I think about my girl in China, the gift at the end of this journey. But God is with me today. I must learn to enjoy now, and not live only for the gift that waits (God willing) at the end of this long paper trail that stands before me! Today , and I hope everyday I can just plain say, God is good!

...Lately I have been wondering why God so often
sends us into the school of waiting. Does He send us
there so that we will learn our lesson and never
have to wait again? Or does He send us there to
learn to savor times of waiting (times that will
inevitably come again and again), to learn to look
at them as opportunities to draw close to the heart
of God? In his book "Waiting on God", Andrew Murray
makes these observations:

At our first entrance into the school of waiting
upon God, the heart is mainly set on the blessings
which we wait for. God graciously uses our needs and
desires for help to educate us for something higher
than we were thinking of. We were seeking gifts; He,
the Giver, longs to give Himself and to satisfy the
soul with His goodness. It is just for this reason
that He often withholds the gifts, and that the time
of waiting is made so long. He is constantly seeking
to win the heart of His child for Himself. He wishes
that we would not only say, when He bestows the
gift, 'How good is God!' but that long before it
comes, and even if it never comes, we should all the
time be experiencing: it is good that a man should
quietly wait. 'The LORD is good unto them that wait
for him.'