Last night, we set out decorative pumpkins and roasted pecans and cakes and cheese straws. I stood at a door smiling, welcoming, feeling awkward and excited, listening to the sound of women meeting each other for the first time.
We sat in a circle holding our poured coffee. Within moments, we were pouring out our hearts.
Adoptive mothers are never strangers. We immediately share a million emotions and experiences.
And we all know what it means to wait.
One mother endured eight years of infertility followed by a four year adoption process. I cried joy to hear her child is now home.
Another mother felt a dozen doors to ministry slam in her face before she found an orphanage in Uganda to invest her family’s resources into… which led to her call to adopt. Now, she waits.
Every mother’s story was different last night. But at some point, each of those women struggled in darkness.
And what does Genesis say about darkness?
Yes! In the place where dark waters nearly swallow you alive, there the Spirit of God hovers. There is the place God prepares to make a new creation in you.
And each woman’s testimony last night confirmed this truth. The miracles of their stories always followed dimly lit doubts and pain. Show me a Christian in darkness, and I’ll show you the place where God’s Spirit hovers and prepares.
These women’s happy endings never came one moment too soon. We laughed out loud through tears at how Jesus redeemed their pain and completed their stories. All they waited for finally cracked through the night like a well-timed sunrise. Dawn never breaks sooner than God ordains.
Doesn’t Galatians 4:4 say it?
God sent his Son when “the fullness of time” had come.
And He sends answers to our prayers in the same “fullness of time.”
Perhaps begging God to give us “now, now, now,” is as tragic as babies born too soon to survive outside the womb. Your God-story will birth in fullness of time. We don’t want it a day sooner.
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Today was Day 25 of
31 Days of Waiting: