I went to my room this morning to have some quiet time in God's word. I've been reading through 1st and 2nd Thessalonians for awhile now and as I settled in with my cup of coffee and Bible, a piece of paper slipped from between the pages and fell onto my bed. It was an old bulletin from our church I had been using as a bookmark.
This bulletin was dated June 13, 2010 (my husband's birthday). The sermon title was "The Call of Moses" and I remember enjoying this sermon very much. Our pastor highlighted the many ways Moses attempted to wiggle out of God's calling on his life. In fact, this sermon impacted me so much that I blogged about it back in June 2010. In any case, I noticed the following list in my notes (copied verbatim)
Why Do We Pass the Buck (and not adopt Francis)?
Indifference (don't care)
Inability (can't afford it)
Insecurity (we might fail)
Inconvenient (we are doing our Dave Ramsey baby steps and it's not a good time)
I remember at the end of the sermon that day, the song we ended with contained the following lyrics:
God can make a way where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we can not see. He will make a way for me
He will be my guide. Hold me closely to His side.
With love and strength for each new day.
He will make a way, He will make a way.
I believed that very day that God would bring Francis into our home. It was not until September 4th that my precious husband called our agency and inquired about our family adopting Francis. For three months, I prayed both at home and at the altar at church that this young man would come to us. I stopped dropping hints around July as my playful hints were not being met with humor but annoyance. I knew it was time to silently pray and keep my mouth shut. So I did.
In November, our congregation sang the same song again about how "God can make a way . . " and rather than that song being a desperate plea from me to my Savior. It was a praise that I could sing with complete confidence. He DID make a way and there truly seemed to be NO WAY.
So, as we wait for the final few steps in this adoption, I encourage you all to know that if God made a way for us, He can make a way for you as well. We have no special red bat phone on the desk of our Heavenly Father that allows Him to hear us first and better than the rest of His children. We have what all Believers have: a Great High Priest that goes before the Father on our behalf and the Holy Spirit interceding with words we neither know nor understand.
All praise, glory and honor goes to Him! Just Him . . .