You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
God is great.
I've been typing and saying that a lot, recently. It's sort of become my 'mantra'. I say it a lot. I think it a lot. I type it a lot. Mostly, when I type it, I don't mean it in a 'rah rah' pep rally/cheer sort of way. I don't mean God is GREAT! I mostly mean it as a simple statement of fact. God is great.
Period. End of sentence.
No matter what I am going through, what struggles I face, what heartache I bear; God is great. No matter what.
Some things have happened this week to provide me blessed (and much needed) confirmation that God has His hand on this whole adoption, on these two precious boys that we have been blessed with.
I hesitate to share the details of what has happened.....mostly because it feels like I have received a 'love letter' directly from God. And some how, writing it out in this public forum or sharing it with the world seems to.....cheapen....? it. It's like if someone wrote me a private letter, revealing their deepest feelings, things that were too difficult to convey verbally and then I read it out loud, say in front of a class or the church. It seems wrong, like a betrayal. Or maybe it's just that I know that mere words will not convey the depth of the experience and emotion. I don't know. (there is no actual letter, that's just the only analogy I could think of at this time).
And yet, I want to YELL from the rooftops! I want to jump up and down and shout. And shake people. Get in their faces. (nobody in particular, just whoever is around. lol) God cares!!!! God cares about those boys, and all the little children waiting. God cares about Steeve and Jean Baptiste, 2 little boys in Haiti. God cares about me and all the waiting parents. GOD CARES, people!! He is on it. He is in it. NO MATTER WHAT.
Romans 8:28 says "And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose".
Notice the emphasis on the words ALL THINGS. It doesn't say 'some' or 'many' or 'most' or 'few'.
Even the stuff that doesn't make any sense to me. Even the stuff that was clearly a mistake. Even the things that appear to have been a bad choice. The stuff that doesn't seem to have a purpose at all. Even the adoption paperwork that is redundant. Even the stuff that hurts my heart, or anyone's heart for that matter. Even tragedy.
Even the Haitian adoption process. The seemingly endless waiting. This season of separation from the children God has chosen for me.
I'm not going to share the details of what happened, specifically. But I will tell you that I have received multiple confirmations THIS WEEK, that I am on the right path. That God loves and cares for my boys, even when I can't be with them physically. Confirmation that God loves me. And cares about the details. Wow, I'm humbled and awed by that. Blown away, actually. wow....Who am I that the God of the universe would take the time to reveal these details to me?
God is great.
About that, anyway.....
Please pray for our little boys. They need our prayers.
Specifically for protection, their physical health and healing and their emotional well-being. They need to FEEL God's love in a big way-kind of like I am feeling it right now. They need to know/feel/sense that they are loved.
God is great.
~~~~~Thoughtfully composed by Lena Just Lena at 11:09 AM