“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-3
We continually must choose between two responses when in a season of waiting. We can anxiously try to control the situation OR patiently seek the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
In my season of waiting for a child, I knew the weight was unbearable for me to carry alone. Knowing this, I decided to immerse myself into studying the book of James. In God’s rich mercy, He never once let me walk alone. I had hope that seemed unexplainable at times.
Not long into my study of James, the day came that will be forever marked in my mind. On the morning of June 8th 2012, I was studying James 1:17, which says, “Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.”
The Lord was stirring the inner parts of my heart. It was coming up on three years of waiting for a child. I continued to study and came across a beautiful statement by Beth Moore: “Every good and perfect thing that has ever come into our lives has come as a gift to us from God himself. It did not bubble up like crude oil from this earth. It flowed down like rain from the riverbank of Heaven. It was intentional. It was personal.”
As I was reading that last sentence in the quote above, my husband, Kyle, flung open our front door and said, “Katie, our adoption agency wants to meet with us right now. A situation has come up.” In case you’re wondering what I did at that moment, just know I basically melted into a thousand pieces on our kitchen table. Kyle somehow helped me get up, and we rushed to the agency’s office (wet hair and all).
I wish you could have been a fly on the wall as the caseworker told us about the “situation.” Within minutes we learned that a baby boy was going to be born soon, and we were chosen to be his parents. Kyle and I were SPEECHLESS! Could the timing be more perfect? God knew I was going to hear this news that would change my life forever, so he graciously prepared my heart beforehand.
HE gives intentional gifts.
HE gives personal gifts.
HE is the Giver of Life.
September 16th, 2012 was one big day that I’ll never forget! Here is the pre-game picture before going to the hospital. Obviously, we had no idea what we were in for!
Then the moment I had been waiting for happened. We met our son, Cooper, for the very first time. I loved every single detail about him — his head full of hair, chunky cheeks, and big blue eyes. I was holding the most beautiful gift I had ever received.
It was worth the wait. Can I say that again?
It was worth the wait!
The years of waiting were not because God didn’t hear our prayers. Nor did we receive a gift because of any “works-based” faith. Cooper’s adoption story is one that I would have never been able to script out on my own.
This month marks two years of God fulfilling His promise. We will be partying all month long “like it’s 1999!” 🙂 Thank you Lord for this gift!
Are you carrying the weight of waiting on an unanswered prayer? Although the answer may not come today, the Lord knows and cares about every detail. He longs to give His children good gifts. Let’s not unwrap it too early if He is working on our hearts first. If we wait on God’s timing, we will cherish the gift even more.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things seen, but to the things unseen. For the things seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
*Do you find yourself in the middle of the waiting, or rejoicing on the other side of the answer? Please leave your thoughts and comments below!