Waiting for Grace
Ever since we received news about Grace, we have had things to do; grants to apply for, paperwork to fill out, etc. However, the last few weeks we have had nothing. We have just been waiting. Waiting for news. Waiting to hear what is next. Waiting to know when we can leave. Waiting for enough money to come in to bring Grace home. Just waiting.
Waiting is an odd thing. It is hard to do. It doesn’t seem to come naturally. We want to make everything happen in our timing. We want to speed the process along. Just look at some biblical examples. Abraham and Sarah wouldn’t wait for the promised heir Isaac, so Sarah gave her servant Hagar to Abraham to push the promises of God along. Israel didn’t trust God to give them Canaan and refused to take the land. God punished them and required a generation to die off, for them to wait, before they would be allowed to take the Promised Land. Israel wasn’t willing to wait, tried to enter, and people died. The paradigmatic case is Saul in 1 Sam 13. Israel is about to go to battle with the Philistines. Before going out to battle Saul is waiting for Samuel to show up to make sacrifices to the Lord. Saul waits seven days, and he finally decides to take matters into his own hands. Saul offers a sacrifice. Just as he is finishing, Samuel shows up. The consequence of this is that the kingdom is taken away from Saul.
Waiting is difficult. We can see this in the Bible. We can see this with children. We can see this with ourselves. We don’t like to wait. Yet, all too often we are called to wait. Dr. Seuss talks about this in Oh, the Places You’ll Go! He talks about ‘The Waiting Place’, where everyone is just waiting and it isn’t any fun. Yet, the Lord calls us to it over and over in Scripture. One great example comes from Psalm 27:
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! - Psalm 27:14
Yesterday was Grace’s birthday. It is amazing to think that there is a little girl. We don’t know her, yet we love her. We pray for her. We long to have her in our home. We have only heard about her. We have only seen pictures of her. Yet, our hearts ache for her. Nevertheless, right now our calling is to wait, to wait for the last of the $10,000 to come in, to wait on the Lord to bring her home to us, and while we wait, she waits too.
Another birthday has come and gone for her, and our entire family (both in Scotland and in Lesotho) waits. Waiting, whether it be to bring home a child, find out about a job, hear medical news, or whatever else, is hard. Much like the saints gathered around the throne of God we can often cry out, ‘How long, O Lord?’ (Ps 79; Ps 89; Rev 6) As we cry out, we hear the Lord say back, ‘Be strong, and let your heart take courage.’
So, we wait. We wait, and we trust the Lord. We wait, and we take courage. We wait for Grace.
If you would like to help us during this wait, we are trying to bring in the last of our money. We only need $10,000 and then the moment we get permission to travel, we can. Go ahead and visit our adoption agency’s website. Note that it is an adoption sponsorship to benefit the child being adopted by ‘Cam and Taryn Clausing’. Thank you in advance for waiting with us.